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Results First Initiative Saves NREPP from Obscurity

September 20, 2019

Exciting news for fans of NREPP, the evidence-based website that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shut down in 2018. The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative invested considerable time and effort to resurrect the NREPP website so that all of us can access the valuable information it contained.

The NREPP database can be found in the list of Clearinghouses included in the Results First Clearinghouse Database. Click on the image below to access the site:

Here is the message the team at the Results First Initiative sent out a few weeks ago, announcing the addition of the NREPP database:

“As many of you are aware, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) was taken offline in August of 2018. While the Clearinghouse Database still contained NREPP programs, there had been no link to take users back to the source program page since SAMHSA’s decision. Over the last year, Results First has worked to restore users’ access to this information. We are happy to announce that as of August 2019, Results First has restored 80 percent of these links thanks to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.

As with all programs, the link to NREPP programs is accessible by using the “Learn more” button. Where a link is not available, you will now see a gray button that says “Unavailable.”

While we are excited to be able to provide access to this valuable information once again, please keep in mind that NREPP is no longer operational, and therefore all program information and ratings are considered static as of January 2018, when the clearinghouse was discontinued.

If you have any questions about this improvement or about the Clearinghouse Database, please contact Mara Weinstein.”

Okay, so clearly, Mara and the rest of the team at the Initiative are my new-found heroes. Not only does the resurrected NREPP website remind us of what an evidence-based repository should look like, it provides incentive to ask the hard questions  of SAMHSA about how NREPP’s replacement, the Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center, is doing a better job (or not).

I will do that in a follow-up article. Stay tuned!

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Scott Bryant-Comstock

My passion is helping to shape policy and practice in children’s mental health. For the past 40 years, my journey as a mental health advocate has traveled from volunteering at a suicide and crisis center, professional roles as a therapist in an outpatient clinic, in-home family therapist, state mental health official, Board Chair for a county mental health program, and national reviewer of children’s mental health systems reform efforts. As the founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network (2009), I lead the Network’s efforts to grow a national online forum for the exchange of ideas on how to continually improve children’s mental health research, policy and practice.

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