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Office of Mental Health

Evidence Based Treatment Dissemination Center

The Evidence Based Treatment Dissemination Center (EBTDC) provides clinical training and consultation to mental health professionals. It aims to enhance the quality of life for children and families by increasing access to treatments shown to be effective. Both the Surgeon General's report and the Institute of Medicine's Quality Chasm report identified a 15 to 20 year gap between the time a treatment is proven effective and its accessibility to children and families. The mission of the EBTDC is to shorten that gap.

Current Training

The Evidence Based Treatment Dissemination Center clinical training programs provides:

  • Clinical training in evidence-based treatment protocols and evidence-based assessments. Instructors are nationally-renowned researchers, often the experts who developed the treatment model.
  • Bi-weekly clinical consultation for about one year with psychologists from Columbia University who are supervised by the national experts, as described above.
  • Monthly consultation for supervisors of participating clinicians.
  • Special sessions for supervisors on advanced topics.
  • 400 clinicians are trained annually. Each training is provided for two consecutive years.

Dissemination Design

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The Evidence Based Treatment Dissemination Center also provides:

  • Integrated treatment for adolescents with co-occurring disorders.
    One of the Children's Plan's Leaving OMH site joint initiatives, OASAS and OMH are collaborating to offer trainer for mental health and substance abuse clinicians.
    • In 2009-10, a train-the-trainer program was offered a curriculum on integrated treatment for adolescents with co-occurring disorders. Sixty mental health and addictions staff across the state were trained. To request a trainer, please contact John Reddy.
    • In 2010-11, mental health and addictions clinicians received training and consultation in Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a five-session treatment for adolescents with co-occurring disorders.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for New York State children's psychiatric center and children's units.
    • DBT Intensive training (2 week-long sessions and a booster session) were provided to staff from 10 New York State children's psychiatric centers and children's units beginning in 2007.
    • Consultation to assist the teams in implementing DBT in their settings has been provided by the DBT trainers.
  • Training for staff at state psychiatric centers.
    EBTDC and other programs in the Division of Children and Family Services are collaborating with the Bureau of Education and Workforce Development to develop a series of workshops designed for all staff–direct care, clinical and administrative staff. Topics will include general skills such as team building and communication skills as well as clinical topics like behavior management.
  • Complex Trauma Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CT-CBT).
    The goal of this project was to develop and test a unique protocol to address trauma issues in children and youth receiving inpatient or day treatment services. The protocol combines two trauma-specific treatments: Abuse-Focused CBT (Kolko, 1996) and Trauma Focused CBT (Cohen & Mannarino, 2004). While these and other trauma treatments have been proven effective, none has been tested with children and youth in inpatient or day treatment programs. CT-CBT was implemented at Queens Childrens Psychiatric Center.


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EBTDC's goals are consistent with the mission of the Division of Children and Family Services as articulated in the Children's Plan, a blueprint for improving the social and emotional development of children and their families. The EBTDC is an Achieving the Promise Initiative. At $62 million, Achieving the Promise is the single largest investment in children mental health services in New York State's history.