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  • The Children, Youth and Family Mental Health Evidence-Based Practice Project (EBPP) Leaving OMH site is a collaborative effort between the School of Social Work at the State University of New York at Buffalo and the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) Division of Child & Family Services. Since its inception in 2002, it provides assessment, training, and consultation services to the more than 400 affiliated agencies in the 19 counties of OMH's Western Region. The EBPP provides training and other support services to agencies in implementing recognized evidence-based practices in mental health services for children and families.
  • Focus on Integrated Treatment (FIT) Leaving OMH site offers free online courses designed to help programs implement integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders (COD). Integrated mental health and substance use treatment is a proven strategy for helping people achieve and maintain recovery. Developed for the real-world environment, FIT's practical approach features concise, half-hour modules that allow clinicians to choose when and where to take their training. FIT is a project of the Center for Practice Innovations which provides technical assistance in the implementation of best practices.
  • The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs (NREPP) of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Leaving OMH site is a searchable online listing of mental health and chemical dependency interventions with have been designated as best practices for independent reviewers. NREPP's purpose is to assist the public in finding evidence-based treatments and improve access to these programs.
  • TF-CBT Web Leaving OMH site is a free, web-based course which provides ten continuing education credits. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based practice for children with posttraumatic symptoms. It is a components-based treatment that incorporates trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive behavioral treatment. Children and parents learn to process thoughts and feelings related to the traumatic event(s), resolve distressing thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and enhance safety. Multiple research studies and much clinical evidence indicate that TF-CBT is effective in helping children, adolescents, and their parents overcome many of the difficulties associated with abuse and trauma.

    TF-CBT has proven effective in addressing posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, externalizing behaviors, sexualized behaviors, feelings of shame, and mistrust. The parental component increases the positive effects for children by reducing parents' own levels of distress about their child's abuse and improving parenting practices and support of their child.