What you need to know about NREPP

By: Dr. Cheri Shapiro, Director

In December 2017, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) ended its long-standing contract (since 1997) with the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).  (This resource was mentioned, along with others, in an earlier blog post).  The Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Elinore, F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, issued a statement about this decision that included a number of criticisms of NREPP with direction that “…SAMHSA should not encourage providers to use NREPP to obtain EBP’s, given the flawed nature of this system.”

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Why listening is critical in EBI

By: Dr. Cheri Shapiro

As a provider, when it comes to deciding on a treatment course for children or adolescents, as with treating adults, we need to pay very careful attention to assessing what is actually happening for those seeking our care.  This means listening carefully to what children and adolescents tell us directly, but critically, also listening to those that care for these young people.

Parents and caregivers are in the best position to observe and describe behaviors that they see in youth in their care. Simply put, we cannot adequately understand challenges faced by youth without caregiver input. Educators also play an important role in helping us understand whether a child or adolescent’s behavior is typical or not.  Just think, most second-grade teachers, in just a few years, may interact with nearly 75-100 second grade children! This allows educators to develop a good understanding of what behaviors most second grade children do or do not exhibit.

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Challenges of EBI for foster children

By: Dr. Cheri Shapiro

An important question for behavioral health providers and organizations considering evidence-based approaches for children, youth, and families involves the population being served. One important group of youth that are at high risk for a range of poor outcomes are youth in the foster care system. Importantly, children and adolescents in the foster care system are often burdened by trauma, or unresolved grief and loss (for example, see work by Dr. Monique Mitchell) that cannot be ignored.

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What do power outages and EBI have in common?

By: Dr. Cheri Shapiro

Many of you heard about the debacle in Atlanta at the airport caused by a power outage on December 17, 2017.  I had the unfortunate opportunity of being involved; travel plans took me through Atlanta, landing just as the entire airport operations came to a dead stop.

What does this have to do with evidence-based behavioral health interventions for children, youth, and families?

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