Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 347-363

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The Role of State Mental Health Authorities in Promoting Improved Client Outcomes through Evidence-Based Practice

  • Charles A. RappAffiliated withThe University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, Office of Mental Health Research and Training Email author 
  • , Gary R. BondAffiliated withIndiana University Purdue University
  • , Deborah R. BeckerAffiliated withDartmouth Medical School, New York State Office of Mental Health
  • , Sharon E. CarpinelloAffiliated withNew York State Office of Mental Health
  • , Robert E. NikkelAffiliated withOregon Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services, South Carolina Department of Mental Health
  • , George GintoliAffiliated withSouth Carolina Department of Mental Health.

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The role of state mental health authorities (SMHA) is critical to implementing and sustaining evidence-based practices. This paper describes the seven major tasks of SMHA’s that comprise that role and provides examples from states which have been actively pursuing evidence-based practices.

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