Spotlight on SAMHSA Resources

The following are key SAMHSA resources on various mental health topics:


Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has created the Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center. This new Center aims to provide communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings. The Resource Center contains a collection of scientifically-based resources for a broad range of audiences, including Treatment Improvement Protocols, toolkits, resource guides, clinical practice guidelines, and other science-based resources. To access the Resource Center, please click here. 


Public Messages 

SAMHSA public messages


SAMHSA’s public messages offer information and videos to support the agency’s mission to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. Topics include: preventing suicide, marijuana risks, methamphetamine risks, serious mental illness, mental illness and substance use in young adults, resources for families coping with mental and substance use disorders. Click the corresponding links above to be redirected to SAMHSA's public messages. 


Other select resources for your reference:

aclACL/CMS Promising Practices Training: Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy among Direct Service Workers (DSW)

This SAMHSA webinar will include discussions from experts in the field on the demographics of the DSW workforce, barriers to vaccination, strategies to increase vaccine confidence and uptake, and promising practices.




SAMHSA blue helping your loved oneHelping Your Loved One Who is Suicidal: A Guide for Family and Friends

This SAMHSA guide was developed to help families who have a loved one who is suicidal or has made a suicide attempt. It provides information on understanding suicide, warning signs and action steps to take, and ways to prevent future attempts and keep your loved one safe. Download this resource here



samhsa toolkitScreening and Follow-Up for Unhealthy Alcohol Use: Quality Improvement Change Package for Health Plans

Change Package was developed with funding from SAMHSA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with the he National Committee for Quality Assurance to help health plans address unhealthy alcohol use among their members and improve reporting of the HEDIS alcohol measure using electronic clinical data. Download this resource here.


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The National Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (NCEED) Training Center

The NCEED Training Center was developed to equip healthcare providers with evidence-based interventions for eating disorders through novel training content and the dissemination of existing trainings in collaboration with other approved organizations. You can access the NCEED Training Center here


samhsa resource screenshotDouble Jeopardy: COVID-19 and Behavioral Health Disparities for Black and Latino Communities in the U.S. 

This SAMHSA brief looks at recent reports that indicate the current pandemic disproportionately impacts communities of color, compounding longstanding racial disparities. You can access this resource here.



Screenshot of guidance documentGuidance to States and School Systems on Addressing Mental Health and Substance Use Issues in Schools

This guidance includes examples of approaches for mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) related treatment services in schools, and describes some of the Medicaid state plan benefits and other Medicaid authorities that states may use to cover mental health and SUD related treatment services. Additionally, the guidance summarizes best practice models. Please click HERE for the document.


Older Adults Living with Serious Mental Illness: The State of the Behavioral Health Workforce briefOlder Adults Living with Serious Mental Illness: The State of the Behavioral Health Workforce

This brief provides a broad-based overview of workforce issues to consider when addressing the needs of older adults living with SMI. This brief also includes information on the changing demographics of the aging population, challenges faced by a provider workforce, workforce issues, and ideas for strengthening the geriatric workforce to address SMI. Please click HERE for the document.


Screenshot of SAMHSA Practical Guide ResourceA Practical Guide to Psychiatric Advance Directives

This report provides background and practical information to those interested in promoting the use of PADs as a tool for promoting self-directed care in psychiatric treatment, making progress toward parity in mental health treatment. It also supports crisis planning and the rights of persons who live with mental illness. Please click HERE for the document.


Guidance coverpage image Guidance on Strategies to Promote Best Practice in Antipsychotic Prescribing for Children and Adolescents
The document provides a “bird’s eye view” of systems-level strategies to inform public and private sector decision‐makers, prescribing clinicians, and other key stakeholders in designing and implementing antipsychotic monitoring programs to improve outcomes for youth with mental disorders across the nation. Please click HERE for the document.



 SAMHSA presentation: Addressing Risk of Violent Behavior in Youth SAMHSA Presentation: Addressing Risk of Violent Behavior in Youth
The purposes of this presentation are to provide educators, friends, and family members with basic knowledge about violence in youth; understand protective and risk factors associated with violent behaviors in youth; provide basic knowledge about the connection of mental illnesses and violence; provide information about mental illness in youth; and provide opportunities and strategies that teachers, family members, and friends can use to manage situations of concern. Please click HERE for the pdf slides.


co-occuring disorder coverpage imageCo-occurring substance use and mental disorders among adults with opioid use disorder
Using 2015–2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health data, prevalence of co-occurring substance use and mental disorders and receipt of mental health and substance use treatment services was estimated for adults aged 18–64 with OUD. Please click HERE for the article.



Tip 61 coverpage imageSAMHSA’s new Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP)
TIP 61: Behavioral Health Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives (TIP 61), provides practical and culturally relevant guidance on how best to provide effective behavioral health services to clients in this population. Please click HERE to download the publication.



Exposed to Disaster coverpage imageBehavioral Health Conditions in Children and Youth Exposed to Natural Disasters
In this issue of the Supplemental Research Bulletin, the SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) focuses on children’s reactions to natural disasters, including more severe mental disorders. It also presents behavioral health interventions designed to address the needs of all children following disasters. Please click HERE for the Bulletin.


SMI Treatment Locator coverpage imageEarly Serious Mental Illness Treatment Locator
One of the most important advances in treating serious mental illness in recent years is improving care for people experiencing a first onset of serious mental illness. We know that early phases of psychosis can be identified, and that team-based coordinated specialty care treatment reduces the likelihood of long-term disability. Please click HERE for the Locator Tool.


CIT coverpage imageCrisis Intervention Team Methods for using Data to Inform Practice: A Step-by-Step Guide
SAMHSA has published this report to support communities in creating and evaluating their own crisis intervention teams so they can use data to improve effective responses to individuals in crisis.  Crisis Intervention Teams have shown effectiveness in decreasing the number of mental-health related arrests while increasing public safety. Please click HERE for the guide.


Promoting Emotional Health - Spanish coverpage imagePromoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for Senior Centers (SPANISH).

CÓMO PROMOVER LA SALUD  EMOCIONAL Y PREVENIR EL SUICIDIO: Una Guía para Centros de Atención de Adultos Mayores.  Este kit de herramientas ayuda a los centros para personas mayores a integrar la prevención del suicidio en actividades que apoyan el bienestar. Describe actividades que aumentan los factores de protección y explica cómo reconocer las señales de alerta del suicidio.  Please click HERE for the toolkit.