How can I help my organization to adopt evidence-based psychosocial interventions for people with SMI?

While training is vital for understanding how to deliver an evidence-based psychosocial practice such as supported employment or assertive community treatment, it is rarely enough to ensure uptake within a healthcare organization. The intervention needs to be relatively simple, fit your organization’s priorities, and, where possible, adapted to the local patient population. It should be able to be incorporated within existing provider workflows, and be reimbursable through existing funding streams. When you receive training in a new evidence-based mental health practice, it is important to have discussions with your clinic director or chief medical officer to help ensure that you will have the opportunity to provide it to your patients.


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