Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 347–363 | Cite as

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

  • Charles A. RappEmail author
  • Gary R. Bond
  • Deborah R. Becker
  • Sharon E. Carpinello
  • Robert E. Nikkel
  • George Gintoli


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.

mental health administration evidence-based practice mental health policy state mental health authorities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles A. Rapp
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gary R. Bond
    • 2
  • Deborah R. Becker
    • 3
  • Sharon E. Carpinello
    • 4
  • Robert E. Nikkel
    • 5
  • George Gintoli
    • 6
  1. 1.The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, Office of Mental Health Research and TrainingLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.Indiana University Purdue UniversityIndianapolis
  3. 3.Dartmouth Medical School, New York State Office of Mental HealthNew York
  4. 4.New York State Office of Mental HealthNew York
  5. 5.Oregon Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services, South Carolina Department of Mental HealthUSA
  6. 6.South Carolina Department of Mental Health.USA

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