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Defining Behavioral Health Terms: Evidence-Based Practice

Written on: July 17th, 2017 in Early InterventionPreventionResearchTreatment

You may hear the term Evidence-Based Practice, or EBP, to describe a skills-development or treatment program and wonder what that really means. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines Evidence-Based Practice as a practice that based on rigorous research that has demonstrated effectiveness in achieving the outcomes it is designed to achieve.

In practical terms, this means a treatment or program is provided to children and families in a way that was successful for other people with similar needs. When agencies implement a program as designed, children and families are more likely to see positive results. Many evidence-based practice programs can help children and families learn skills and strategies that help them manage challenges their family faces and improve communication.

Program models need time before they can become an evidence-based practice. Researchers review information reported during program participation, including outcome data. They also consider how long changes last after the program ends. Improvements and change must match the goals of the program. If a practice does not achieve the intended goals, changes may be made to the model. When others provide the same program, the results should be similar to show that the program model does what it says it does.


EBPs Are Available through DPBHS

Delaware has been increasing use of evidence-based practices in the child and adult serving systems. There is a lot of research about prevention, early intervention, treatment, and skills development programming. This information helps agencies, like ours, and community-based providers choose effective programs that will be helpful to Delawareans.

The Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services offers a number of evidence-based practices. We are working to improve our ability to deliver evidence-based services and add new research-proven methods into our system.

You can learn more about our treatment services here: and our prevention programs here:

To learn more about evidence-based practices, visit the following web-based resources:

Alcohol Facts and Statistics

Written on: July 12th, 2017 in Health and WellnessPreventionSubstance Abuse/Addiction

Our Medical Director, Richard Margolis MD, helps us make sense of new information in psychiatry, addiction, and behavioral health. This article provides Alcohol Facts and Statistics across a range of areas that impact functioning and mortality. Alcohol Facts and Statistics According to the National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism an […]

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Children’s Psychiatric Services Needed

Written on: July 10th, 2017 in Mental IllnessPsychiatryTreatment

Request for Proposals to Provide Children’s Psychiatric Services Issued The State of Delaware’s Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families (DSCYF) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for licensed medical practitioners to provide psychiatric services to children served in the following settings: • two residential mental health treatment centers (RTCs), which also provide outpatient day treatment, • staff-secure […]

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Mobile Response and Stabilization Services Now Available!

Written on: July 1st, 2017 in Health and WellnessMental IllnessSubstance Abuse/AddictionSuicide and Prevention

When a family is in the midst of an emotionally charged situation involving a child who is struggling emotionally or behaviorally, it can be hard to decide what to do and how to calm things down. Our Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS) are here to help. MRSS is available to address the needs of […]

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Delaware Prevention Coalition Presents the 2017 Teen Summit

Written on: June 26th, 2017 in CommunityPreventionSubstance Abuse/Addiction

Calling all Delaware Teens! The Delaware Prevention Coalition is presenting the 10th Annual Teen Summit this summer. Join other teens August 5, 2017 for this free event at the Chase Center on Wilmington’s Riverfront. The Teen Summit will feature workshops, celebrity panels, food, and giveaways! Watch the save the date promo video for more details and register […]

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Signs of Mental Illness in Children

Written on: June 21st, 2017 in Health and WellnessMental IllnessTreatment

One in five children and youth experience a mental health challenge. Mental health is an important part of children’s health and well-being. Mental health problems can affect a child’s ability to succeed in school, at work, and in the community, but mental illness in children can be hard for families to identify. Even when you know […]

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The Delaware Division of Professional Regulation Creates New Regulations on Opioid Prescribing

Written on: June 19th, 2017 in Health and WellnessPreventionSubstance Abuse/Addiction

Our Medical Director, Richard Margolis MD, helps us make sense of new information in psychiatry, addiction, and behavioral health. This post is part of an ongoing series to increase awareness and improve understanding of the effects of the opioid epidemic on families in Delaware. This post focuses on efforts by the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation to provide oversight of opioid […]

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What’s in a Name?

Written on: June 13th, 2017 in CommunityFamilyHealth and Wellness

How did we come to call our blog the Bounce Back Bulletin – Cultivating Change for Resilient Communities? We wanted the title to reflect our vision of Resilient Children and Families Living in Supportive Communities. The selection process included people who manage and provide our services (staff) and people who utilize our services (youth and families). Our creative staff submitted catchy title ideas […]

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Bounce Back Bulletin: Cultivating Change for Resilient Communities

Written on: June 12th, 2017 in Community

Welcome to the Bounce Back Bulletin, the official blog of the Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services (DPBHS). This first post kicks off our blogging adventure, an effort to share information with a wider audience and make news about children’s behavioral health more accessible. We seek to reach families, partners, providers, and stakeholders by […]

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