Benchmarking community behavioral health

Other Metrics and Databases

SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence Based Programs

The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable online database of mental health and substance abuse interventions. All interventions in the registry have met NREPP’s minimum requirements for review and have been independently assessed and rated for Quality of Research and Readiness for Dissemination.

County Health Rankings
The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America. The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. They provide a starting point for change in communities. Then, explore and select evidence-informed policies and programs to address priority issues.

National Resource Center for Community Based Child Abuse Prevention
This document provides a brief discussion of the categories and system put into place to measure the increases and includes a matrix and descriptions of several EB/EI programs. We hope this document will serve as one tool for assisting those engaged in child abuse and neglect prevention and family support as the field strives to provide the most effective services to children and families.

Office of Adolescent Health
Evidence-based program directory from the Office of Adolescent Health. Contains 31 programs in a PDF.

EPiS Center
Evidence based program directory from the EPiS Center, supporting the dissemination, quality implementation, sustainability, and impact assessment of a menu of proven-effective prevention and intervention programs, and conducting original translational research to advance the science and practice of evidence-based prevention. They target youth, specifically in the areas of violence, delinquency, substance use, and school failure.

The Channing Bete Company
Research-based resources for health care, public health, and prevention programs. The for-profit company employs a full staff of researchers and writers. Prior to publication, all products are reviewed for accuracy by a network of recognized experts in specific fields. The company sells materials to schools, public and private health organizations, community and public services, and businesses who then distribute the materials at no cost to the people they serve. Topics include mental health, suicide, PTSD, stress/trauma, PreK-12 issues, tobacco, alcohol and other drugs - written to specific audiences such as parents, youths and educators.

Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention
This registry, developed by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, includes two registries of evidence-based programs.  The first draws directly from SAMHSA NREPP.  The second registry was developed by SPRC in 2005 and lists Effective and Promising evidence-based programs for suicide prevention.  This portion has fact sheets in PDF format for users interested in learning more about the listed programs.

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Blueprints for Violence Prevention
This research center site provides information on model programs in its "Blueprints" section.  Programs that meet a strict scientific standard of program effectiveness are listed.  These model programs (Blueprints) have demonstrated their effectiveness in reducing adolescent violent crime, aggression, delinquency, and substance abuse. Other programs have been identified as promising programs. Endorsements are updated regularly, with programs added to and excluded from the registry based on new evaluation findings.

SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technology (CAPT)
Database of Prevention Programs
This site features a simple or advanced search function to find substance abuse and other types of prevention programs and determine their effectiveness according to a variety of criteria.  Also included is information about the sources those agencies used for their evaluations, contact information, websites, domains, relevant references, and a brief description of each program.

Promising Practices Network (*no longer updated as of June 2014)
The PPN site, run by RAND, features summaries of programs and practices that are proven to improve outcomes for children.  Areas include Healthy and Safe Children, Children Ready for School, Children Succeeding in School, and Strong Families. 

Communities that Care
This PDF guide includes descriptions of 56 tested and, according to available studies, effective programs, policies, and practices to help your community meet its unique prevention needs and fulfill funding requirements.  Hosted by the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington.

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
The mission of CEBC is to advance the effective implementation of evidence-based practices for children and families involved with the child welfare system.  The primary goal of this website is to provide a searchable database of programs that can be utilized by professionals that provide service to children and families involved with the child welfare system. Topics include but are not limited to domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health, prevention and early intervention of abuse and neglect.

SAMHSA Pocket Guide to Evidence-Based Practices on the Web
SAMHSA provides this Web Guide to assist the public with simple and direct connections to Web sites that contain information about interventions to prevent and/or treat mental and substance use disorders. The Web Guide provides a list of Web sites that contain information about specific evidence-based practices (EBPs) or provide comprehensive reviews of research findings. The Web Guide can be used by stakeholders throughout the behavioral health field to promote awareness of current intervention research and to increase the implementation and availability of evidence-based practices (EBPs).

Evidence-based Programs for Teen Pregnancy
This database of evidence-based programs for teen pregnancy comes from the Office of Adolescent Health as part of the DHHS. Website users can search by program type, evaluation setting, intervention length, age, race/ethnicity, outcomes affected, and study rating.

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Model Programs Database
A database of 356 research-based programs and information. This information is available for schools, organizations and other programs to review for opportunities to implement the model program or enhance their existing program. The rating scale for the programs selected for the database of Model Programs is based on the evaluation literature of specific prevention, intervention, and recovery programs.

Arizona Community Data Project
Through this website, users can view charts and maps of indicators that will be useful for planning and evaluating substance abuse prevention activities.

Kids Count
The KIDS COUNT data center has data on child and family well-being in the United States. Access hundreds of indicators, download data and create reports and graphics on the KIDS COUNT Data Center that support smart decisions about children and families.

Healthy People
Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For 3 decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to: encourage collaborations across communities and sectors; empower individuals toward making informed health decisions; and measure the impact of prevention activities.

Adverse Childhood Experiences
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. The study is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente's Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego.

RWJF Research and Publications
This website contains topics, programs, journal articles, and other information about health-related topics from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Arizona Health Survey
Built on interviews representing 8,200 adults and 2,100 children in 2010, the survey is the only one of its kind in Arizona with the capacity to look both broadly and deeply across a range of health and well-being topics.

Behavioral Health Barometer
Presents a set of substance use and mental health indicators from population and treatment facility-based data sets. Provides point-in-time and trend data reflecting the status and progress in improving key behavioral health indicators.

Kansas Health Matters
The Kansas Health Matters website is intended to help hospitals, health departments, community members and policy makers learn about the health of the community and ways to help improve it. It provides local health data, resources, promising best practices, news articles and information about community events related to important health issues.

Housing, Mold and Mental Health Research, Brown University
This is a news article based on a journal article finding a connection between moldy conditions in homes and depression based on data from 6,000 Europeans through the Large Analysis and Review of European Housing and Health Status (LARES) dataset.
Housing - Mold Prevention and Remediation
Healthy Homes
The EPA and CDC sites provide information about mold in homes and how to control it. The Healthy Homes Initiative is a program by the CDC to conduct research, improve surveillance, and disseminate guidelines and recommendations regarding mold control in homes to improve the health of residents. 

County Census Data
Serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. The Census Bureau collects information in many other surveys and provides the data to the survey sponsor for release.

Arizona State Health Assessment
​The 'Arizona State Health Assessment' is a first-of-its-kind report that uses Arizona-specific data to assess the state of the public's health in Arizona. The report includes data and links to approaches to address the problems that will become the basis for the development of the State Health Improvement Plan.

Behavioral Health Barometer
This 2013 set of downloadable publications includes a behavioral health barometer for each state in the U.S. comprised of "substance use and mental health indicators from population and treatment facility-based data sets. Provides point-in-time and trend data reflecting the status and progress in improving key behavioral health indicators.

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps 2014
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute have released the 2014 Rankings Key Findings Report County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. The County Health Rankings "illustrate what we know when it comes to what is making people sick or healthy. The Roadmaps show what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work, and play."

Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index
The State of American Well-Being: 2013 ​State, Community, and District Analysis reports are now available. You may view and download the U.S. report and state reports. This marks the sixth consecutive year Healthways, in collaboration with Gallup, have released their analysis of the state of well-being across the United States. The well-being index "provides unmatched, in-depth insight into the well-being of populations." 

Kansas Health Matters
Kansas Health Matters is a "one stop source of non-biased data and information about community health in Kansas. It is intended to help hospitals, health departments, policy makers, and community planners and members learn about issues, identify improvements, and collaborate for positive change." Finney County Kansas is one of the CAPE pilot communities. You may view its data in Kansas Health Matters by clicking here. 

Kentucky Health Care Profile - Adair County
​The Kentucky Health Care Profiles include data prepared by the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) at the University of Kentucky. This particular profile is for Adair County and includes data on health outcomes and behaviors, access to care, and physical environment.

National Survey on Drug Use and Health
A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides an overview of the nature and scope of mental illness within each state and the District of Columbia. 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA) 
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive “provides public-use data files, file documentation, and access to restricted-use data files to support a better understanding of this critical area of public health.” There is no cost to access this data. From the SAMDHA website you can browse and download data, analyze online with the Survey Documentation and Analysis (SDA) system, analyze data online with the Restricted-Use Data Analysis System (R-DAS), build quick data tables, and map data. SAMHDA also provides a searchable database of bibliographic citations for publications that are based on SAMHSA data. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive is an initiative funded with the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Kansas Community Toolbox
A quick overview of resources and tools to help people work together to build healthier communities.

Coalitions Work
Our time-tested tools and technical assistance will help you assess your community’s readiness to collaborate, build a coalition from scratch, assess and enhance existing partnerships, attract resources and members, implement effective programs and evaluate outcomes.

SOPHE promotes advancements in the field of health education while contributing to the global public health effort to improve health outcomes and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities.

Community Health Assessment aNd Group Evaluation (CHANGE):
Building Foundation of Knowledge to Prioritize Community Needs
The CHANGE Tool is for communities to use in assembling teams to evaluate behavioral health in multiple sectors in the community, to help the teams determine what data collection strategy to use, to implement data collection and analysis within the community, and to help the team to establish behavioral health priorities, improvement techniques, and deadlines.

A Practitioner’s Resource Guide: Helping families support their LGBT children
This is a free guide for practitioners that offers information and resources to engage families in being supportive of LGBT children.

Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations
This is a free information and resource kit for prevention professionals, healthcare providers, and educators with information about current health issues in LGBT populations. 

National Implementation Research Network
The mission of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) is to contribute to the best practices and science of implementation, organization change, and system reinvention to improve outcomes across the spectrum of human services.

Cochrane Collaboration
Cochrane is a global independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making the vast amounts of evidence generated through research useful for informing decisions about health.  Cochrane is a not-for-profit organization with collaborators from over 120 countries working together to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest.  Their mission is to promote evidence-informed health decision-making by producing high-quality, relevant, accessible systematic reviews and other synthesized research evidence.

Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP)
MAPP is a strategic approach to community health improvement.  This tool helps communities improve health and quality of life through community-wide strategic planning.  Using MAPP, communities seek to achieve optimal health by identifying and using their resources wisely, taking into account their unique circumstances and needs, and forming effective partnerships for strategic action.

mhGAP Evidence Resource Centre
The mhGAP Evidence Resource Centre contains the background material, process documents, and the evidence profiles and recommendations in electronic format and is organized around the mhGAP priority conditions. It integrates best available evidence with the individual clinical expertise through the use of scoping questions that explore many commonly seen issues in relation to health care. These questions have been chosen, systematically researched and reviewed extensively with the best available evidence by a selected panel of experts. The recommendations based on evidence-based guidelines are the basis of the mhGAP- Intervention Guide for mental, neurological and substance use disorders in non-specialized settings. The evidence profiles have been updated in 2012 to include any new and relevant systematic reviews. The priority conditions identified by mhGAP are depression; psychosis and bipolar disorders; epilepsy and seizures; child and adolescent mental disorders; dementia; conditions related to stress; alcohol use disorders; substance use disorders; other significant emotional and medical unexplained somatic complains; self harm and suicide; guideline development process.

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development
Blueprints is a project at the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado Boulder. It identifies, recommends, and disseminates programs for youth that, based on scientific evaluations, have strong evidence of effectiveness. Blueprints serves as a resource for governmental agencies, schools, foundations, and community organizations trying to make informed decisions about their investments in youth programs. Its ultimate goal is to reduce antisocial behavior and promote a healthy course of youth development.

Community Health Assessment aNd Group Evaluation (CHANGE): Building Foundation of Knowledge to Prioritize Community Needs
"The CHANGE Tool helps community teams develop their community action plan. This tool walks community team members through the assessment process and helps define and prioritize possible areas of improvement.Having this information as a guide, community team members can create sustainable, community-based improvements that address the root causes of chronic diseases and related risk factors.

National Council for Behavioral Mental Health
The National Council for Behavioral Mental Health is “the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and substance abuse treatment organizations.” Dedicated to “advancing their members’ ability to deliver integrated healthcare,” the Council pioneered ‘Mental Health First Aid’ and their website is a hub for mental health and addiction advocacy, best practices, and events and trainings.

 Suicide Prevention Toolkit
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education's suicide prevention web-based toolkit "contains information and tools to implement state-of-the-art suicide prevention practices and overcome the significant hurdles this life-saving faces in primary care practices."

Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations
This information and resource kit "equips prevention professionals, healthcare providers, and educators with information on current health issues among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. Includes an overview of terms related to gender identity and sexual expression.

A Practitioner's Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children
​The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers this publication as a "resource to help practitioners throughout health and social service systems implement best practices in engaging and helping families and caregivers to support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children." 

The Community Guide
The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community. Systematic reviews are used to answer these questions: Which program and policy interventions have been proven effective? Are there effective interventions that are right for my community? What might effective interventions cost; what is the likely return on investment?

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
The CRD provides research-based information about the effects of health and social care interventions via databases and undertake systematic reviews evaluating the research evidence on health and public health questions of national and international importance.

National Guideline Clearinghouse
From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Guideline Clearinghouse is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.

What Works for Health
What Works for Health provides communities with information to help select and implement evidence-informed policies, programs, and system changes that will improve the variety of factors we know affect health.