A little more than a decade ago, the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provided funding to support the development of toolkits in support of individuals with mental health disorders.  Based on evidence-based research, five toolkits were developed.  These toolkits utilize a variety of interventions, including motivational interviewing and cognitive-based therapy.  A copy of each toolkit may be downloaded from the SAMHSA website.

•    Assertive Community Treatment

•    Family Psychoeducation

•    Illness/Wellness Management and Recovery

•    Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment

•    Supported Employment

The NC PIC also reviewed Psychiatric Advance Directives and found this document to be a promising practice.  According to the National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives, psychiatric advance directives are “legal instruments that may be used to document a competent person’s specific instructions or preferences regarding future mental health treatment.  Psychiatric advance directives can be used to plan for the possibility that someone may lose capacity to give or withhold informed consent to treatment during acute episodes of psychiatric illness.”  An exploration of existing registries indicates that it has not been reviewed by an independent panel such as the National Registry on Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).