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May 08, 2007

Center for Evidence-Based Practices provides technical assistance, promotes mental health, recovery & employment

Lenore Kola

People with severe mental illness and their families in communities throughout Ohio, several other states, and two countries are experiencing an improved quality of life, in part, because of the work being done by the staff of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs).

The Center for EBPs is a technical-assistance organization that promotes knowledge development and the implementation of evidence-based service innovations for the treatment and recovery of people with severe mental illness. The Center’s core services include service-systems consultation, program consultation, clinical consultation, training and education, and research and evaluation.

The Center functions as an umbrella entity for two organizations that disseminate two different yet related EBPs. The Ohio Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Coordinating Center of Excellence (Ohio SAMI CCOE) disseminates the Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) model, which helps people with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders reduce and eventually eliminate their substance use and manage symptoms of both disorders simultaneously. The Ohio Supported Employment Coordinating Center of Excellence (SE CCOE) disseminates the evidence-based Supported Employment (SE) model, which helps people with mental illness find competitive jobs in their communities with rapid job-search and placement services.

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