Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 55, Issue 1, pp 24–30 | Cite as

Becoming an Evidence-Based Practitioner

  • Mark M. Lowis
  • Jennifer Harrison
  • Steve Wiland
Ethics in Community Mental Health Care


Mental health and substance use disorders co-occur frequently, and are associated with poorer outcomes in life domains including housing, employment, health, and recovery. Finding evidence-based interventions for engagement and recovery can be a challenge for practitioners and organizations, as it involves accepting new interventions, and then implementing and measuring the results. However, practitioners frequently use their opinions or non-generalizable experiences rather than evidence-based findings to guide their practice. Medication-assisted therapy programs, especially for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, is an area of treatment where there are solid evidence-based outcome findings and where, nonetheless, many practitioners continue to use less-, or non-effective treatment approaches. Conflict between groups of staff using two different approaches can have serious negative impact on treatment outcome. These can be effectively addressed through a combination of education and interventions aimed at resolving intra-staff conflict.


Co-occurring disorders Evidence-based practitioner Motivational approaches 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark M. Lowis
    • 1
  • Jennifer Harrison
    • 2
  • Steve Wiland
    • 3
  1. 1.Michigan Department of Health and Human ServicesLansingUSA
  2. 2.Western Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA
  3. 3.University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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