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December 15, 2010

Celebrating 10 Years of Evidence-Based Practice in Ohio

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This season marks the tenth anniversary of the State of Ohio's investment in evidence-based practices in local communities for the treatment and recovery of people with severe mental illness. The anniversary was celebrated by the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) at its conference titled Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices: The Next Ten Years, this fall in Columbus. Over 330 people from Ohio and 17 other states attended the event.

The CEBP is co-directed by Lenore A. Kola, PhD, of the Mandel School and Robert J. Ronis of the Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine.

The CEBP got its start in December 1999 when the Ohio Department of Mental Health invested in a pilot implementation of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment. The Department of Mental Health commissioned the Center to help nine service organizations. Today, the Center provides technical assistance for integrated treatment to all of OhioĆ­s state psychiatric hospitals and over 60 community-based organizations. It also disseminates Supported Employment, the evidence-based practice, and several other practices, such as Motivational Interviewing. The Center is beginning to work with community hospitals and community health clinics to integrate core components of behavioral health into primary healthcare services.