A Checklist for Implementing Evidence-Based Practices and Programs for Justice-Involved Adults with Behavioral Health Disorders

This publication from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation and the Council of State Governments Justice Center provides an easy-to-use checklist to help behavioral health agencies assess their utilization of Evidence-Based Practices and Programs (EBPs) associated with positive public safety and public health outcomes.

Alex M. Blandford and Fred C. Osher | August 2012 | SAMHSA's GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation

The checklist is divided into two sections:

  • Section One: Building a Cross-Collaborative System to Support the Implementation of EBPs helps behavioral health agencies determine if critical elements are in place in their systems to effectively implement EBPs and address the needs of clients who are involved in the criminal justice system.
  • Section Two: Assessing and Implementing Effective Programs contains a list of EBPs and promising practices and programs for justice-involved clients. Providers should identify whether their agency uses these key practices and programs, or whether they should be prioritized for future implementation.
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