How can evidence-based approaches work together?

By: Dr. Cheri Shapiro

In this era of evidence-based approaches, it is important to think about how they might work together, or how they might complement one another, in contrast to how they might be seen as competition.

Each high-quality, evidence-based approach that is available is grounded in a specific theory or set of theories, and is targeted to certain types of behavioral health challenges. Each of these interventions has unique strengths and challenges that impact the potential fit of the intervention with providers, organizations, as well as systems of care. Careful investigation and planning is needed to determine the best fit of the best intervention or interventions with local provider, organization, or system needs.

As I noted in the last post, MAP (Managing and Adapting Practice) was developed in the context of a formal System of Care.  (For information on South Carolina’s System of Care, called the Palmetto Coordinated System of Care (PCSC).  For additional information on the PCSC, visit this webinar series.

Evidence-based interventions are an integral part of formal systems of care. Both exist to improve the lives of children and families facing behavioral health challenges.  Within formal systems of care, a common model of care coordination is called High Fidelity Wraparound.  This type of care coordination is very compatible with evidence-based interventions.  For an excellent illustration of this compatibility, please watch this short video.

Finally, please consider attending the conference for the Palmetto Coordinated System of Care on February 12-13, 2018 (this was rescheduled from last September).  The focus is on evidence-based interventions.

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