The Need

To improve the lives of consumers during the current era of system transformation, North Carolina must focus on the content and quality of services and supports that are offered. Growing evidence finds that even some of the most popular and well disseminated programs are not evidence based and in fact can be counterproductive (Goldman, et al., 2001). The provision of quality services and supports involve the adherence to proven models and fidelity to those specific programs.

To provide guidance in determining the future evidence based services and supports that will be provided through our public system, the Director of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services has developed the North Carolina Practice Improvement Collaborative.

Who We Are

Comprised of representatives of all three disabilities, the NC PIC meets thrice yearly to learn about new programs and practices, receive updates on programs reviewed in the past, and discuss statewide adoption and implementation of programs and practices.  As new programs and practices are received, review panels from PIC members are selected and asked to critique the application based on information related to the program’s/practice’s description, training manual, fidelity tool, research studies, and outcomes.  Reviewers bring their unique perspective to the analysis of programs and practices as they examine the issues that affect the readiness for adoption in our state.