Improve Your Outcomes!

PROS programs are able to improve their outcomes with the implementation of evidence based practices, and are required to have staff trained in those EBPs identified by OMH (in the IR component both the Family Psychoeducation and Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment services). In other areas, research is still emerging, and is often referred to as “promising practices” or “best practices”.

It is the responsibility of the PROS program to encourage staff to develop curriculum based upon these practices. As a best practice, staff should cite their research sources somewhere on the curriculum.

Using the internet to research websites of academically based or government sites is an excellent way for staff to begin a search to confirm that an internally developed curriculum is based upon EBPs, or best practices. The following are recommended sources for staying up to date on these practices, but are not the only sources:


  • SAMHSA – the federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration site has many tool kits on a wide array of topics:


  • CPI – Center for Practice Innovation at Columbia Psychiatry: The Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) supports the New York State Office of Mental Health’s mission to promote the widespread availability of evidence-based practices to improve mental health services, ensure accountability, and promote recovery-oriented outcomes for consumers and families.


  • Family Institute for Education, Research and Practice: This website is a resource for people who work with individuals with severe mental illness and their families.