The State Health Authority Yardstick (SHAY)
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State mental health authorities have a leadership role in implementing evidence-based practices (EBPs), but few instruments are available to assess the impact of this role. We describe the development of the State Mental Health Authority Yardstick (SHAY), a behaviorally anchored instrument designed to assess state-level facilitating conditions associated with successful implementation of EBPs in community mental health centers. The SHAY assesses the SMHA role in seven domains: Planning, Financing, Training, Leadership, Policies and Regulations, Quality Improvement, and Stakeholders. Preliminary evidence from the National Evidence-Based Practices Project partially supports the construct and criterion-oriented validity of this instrument for rating state-level activities supporting or blocking the implementation of evidence-based practices.
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- The State Health Authority Yardstick (SHAY)
Community Mental Health Journal
Volume 45, Issue 3 , pp 228-236
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- 1. Bureau of Evidence-Based Services and Implementation Science, New York State Office of Mental Health, Albany, NY, USA
- 2. Mental Health Services and Policy Research, New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia, 1051 Riverside Drive, Unit #100, New York, NY, 10032, USA
- 3. Office of Mental Health and Training, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA
- 4. Department of Psychology, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, USA
- 5. Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, Lebanon, NH, USA
- 6. 4117 Circletree Loop, Austin, TX, 78731, USA
- 7. University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA