"It's not what we think, it's what we know."
Former Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Timothy Condon, Ph.D., often made the distinction that just because we think something works, doesn't mean it does. Translating research into practice is a primary goal for MNCAMH. "Evidence-based practice" (EBP) is the new buzz in service delivery. It is more than a buzzword, however, and EBP can add tangible benefits to your practice.
For nonresearchers, MNCAMH can help you as a policy maker, agency or clinical director, practitioner, or consumer, in key decisions impacting quality of care.
For agencies, MNCAMH provides direction for you to discern whether or not:
- A specific behavioral health intervention is in fact built upon solid evidence and at what level
- The choice of one EBP is better than another for your specific population or client
- The implementation, given a cost benefit analysis, of a particular EBP is feasible and worthy of your investment
- Your clients show improvement once you have achieved fidelity to an identified EBP.
For practitioners, MNCAMH provides direction for you to discern whether or not:
- A specific intervention is founded on solid science
- You will need additional training and consultation while you learn a new intervention that follows best practices
- Your skills, in addition to your knowledge, make you clinically competent.
MNCAMH is not merely a clearinghouse for the latest in EBPs. We conduct our own research in conjunction with partners such as the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry, and Uppsala University in Sweden , in exciting areas such as Enhanced IMR, Integrated IMR, and Assertive Community Treatment.