Role of State Mental Health Leaders in Supporting Evidence-Based Practices over Time
State administrative supports of evidence-based practices (EBPs) may critically affect sustainability. As part of a larger follow-up to the multistate National Implementing Evidence-Based Practices Project, 13 leaders from eight States reported on recent statewide policies and resources that influenced the maintenance of 49 EBP programs 6 years after implementation. Nearly three-quarters (71 %) of the programs were currently operational and adhering to State fidelity standards. Most of the programs had level or increased funding over the last few years, and most received other State support and resources, such as training and technical assistance. Steady State funding as well as State-sponsored training and expertise appear critical to long-term EBP program maintenance.
KeywordsAssertive Community Treatment State Leader Support Employment Fidelity Scale Direct Care Staff
We thank the many site leaders and State leaders who agreed to be interviewed and who provided thoughtful responses. We also thank our Project Officer, Kevin Hennessy, PhD, SAMHSA, for his helpful comments and suggestions during the course of this project.
Conflict of interest
The authors have no conflicts of interest to report.
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