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High Need Students:

Best Practices for Mental Health Prevention and Treatment

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The following links will take you to several reports that have compiled information about evidence-based practices for mental health prevention and treatment.

The SAMHSA Model Programs

The SAMHSA Model Programs featured on this site have been tested in communities, schools, social service organizations, and workplaces across America, and have provided solid proof that they have prevented or reduced substance abuse and other related high-risk behaviors. Programs included have been reviewed by SAMHSA's National Registry of Effective Programs (NREP). This Web site serves as a comprehensive resource for anyone interested in learning about and/or implementing these programs.


The Maryland Blueprints

The Maryland Blueprints web site is designed to help community planning groups select youth-focused prevention programs based on their individual goals and objectives. The programs included in this site have been shown by research to reduce or prevent substance use/abuse, crime, delinquency and/or anti-social behavior.
The selected programs were identified by a committee of three nationally recognized experts on substance abuse and delinquency prevention research and evaluation – Denise Gottfredson, University of Maryland, College Park; Mark Eddy, Oregon Social Learning Center; and Richard Spoth, Iowa State University. The committee spent more than 18 months reviewing existing prevention research to identify effective research-based programs. Committee members continue to review new national and local research to identify additional programs and appreciate all suggestions for programs to review.

(Once you have accessed this site, select “all” as criteria for your search).


The Collaborative for Social-Emotional Learning


Based on a three-year study funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) in the U.S. Department of Education, Safe and Sound is the most comprehensive and inclusive guide to Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) programming available. This guide provides a road map for schools and districts that are launching or adding social, emotional, and academic learning programs. The guide reviews 80 multiyear, sequenced SEL programs designed for use in general education classrooms. Among these programs are both comprehensive and more narrowly focused programs, such as drug education or anti-violence programs, that can be combined with others. Safe and Sound also offers guidance to educational leaders on how to integrate normally isolated or fragmented efforts with other school activities and academic instruction by providing a framework for “putting the pieces together.”






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