Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 260–269 | Cite as

What Gets Noticed: How Barrier and Facilitator Perceptions Relate to the Adoption and Implementation of Innovative Mental Health Practices

Original Paper


This mixed-method study examined the facilitators and barriers discussed by 166 informants interviewed from 78 innovative mental health projects. Facilitator and barrier coding reflected two dimensions: the topic of the comment (e.g., funding); and the time phase of the issue’s influence (e.g., pre-decision). Proportions of facilitators to the sum of facilitator and barrier comments made by project informants were calculated. Overall, facilitator proportions were higher for projects that proceeded with implementation than those that did not adopt the practice. In addition, facilitator proportions were generally highest at pre-decision and lowest at full implementation for implementing projects.


Evidence-based practice Innovation Facilitator Barrier Risk 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Decision Support Services, Inc.ColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Office of Program Evaluation and ResearchOhio Department of Mental HealthColumbusUSA

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