Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 228–236

The State Health Authority Yardstick (SHAY)

  • Molly T. Finnerty
  • Charles A. Rapp
  • Gary R. Bond
  • David W. Lynde
  • Vijay Ganju
  • Howard H. Goldman
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10597-009-9181-z

Cite this article as:
Finnerty, M.T., Rapp, C.A., Bond, G.R. et al. Community Ment Health J (2009) 45: 228. doi:10.1007/s10597-009-9181-z


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, Policiesand Regulations, QualityImprovement, andStakeholders. 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.


Evidence-based practices Implementation State mental health authority Policy 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Molly T. Finnerty
    • 1
    • 2
  • Charles A. Rapp
    • 3
  • Gary R. Bond
    • 4
  • David W. Lynde
    • 5
  • Vijay Ganju
    • 6
  • Howard H. Goldman
    • 7
  1. 1.Bureau of Evidence-Based Services and Implementation ScienceNew York State Office of Mental HealthAlbanyUSA
  2. 2.Mental Health Services and Policy ResearchNew York State Psychiatric Institute/ColumbiaNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Office of Mental Health and TrainingThe University of KansasLawrenceUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyIndiana University Purdue University IndianapolisIndianapolisUSA
  5. 5.Dartmouth Psychiatric Research CenterLebanonUSA
  6. 6.AustinUSA
  7. 7.University of Maryland School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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