Guides, Kits & Tools




Evidence-Based Practices: Shaping Mental Health Services Toward Recovery - Illness Management and Recovery
SAMHSA's Illness Management and Recovery program strongly emphasizes helping people to set and pursue personal goals and to implement action strategies in their everyday lives.

Included in the kit:

  • How to Use the Evidence-Based Practices KITs
  • Getting Started with Evidence-Based Practices
  • Building Your Program
  • Training Frontline Staff
  • Practitioners Guide and Handouts
  • Evaluating Your Program
  • Using Multimedia to Introduce Your EBP
  • Brochure
  • The Evidence

Campaign for Mental Health Recovery Community Kit: What a Difference a Friend Makes CD
Equips local partners with campaign tools to encourage young adults to support friends who are living with mental illness. Includes a campaign overview; television, radio, and print PSAs; Web banners, and resources for more information.



SAMHSA Video: Leaving the Door Open
Trains mental health services direct care staff, administrators, and consumers on alternative approaches to seclusion and restraint in the treatment of people with serious mental illness. Emphasizes the consumer perspective and includes five topical sections.

Alaskan Core Competencies - from the Annapolis Coalition
Funded by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, these competencies are cross-disability in nature, relevant to jobs in multiple health and human service sectors. This set of six Assessment Tools is designed specifically for use with these competencies. The tools promote a Collaborative Competency Building approach in which an employee and supervisor work cooperatively to identify the worker's strengths, the skills in need of improvement, and the plans to improve those skills.

Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient & Family-Centered Care - from the Joint Commission

  • Improving Patient-Provider Communication
    This video highlights Joint Commission standards as well as Federal civil rights laws regarding patients who are deaf/hard of hearing or who have limited command of the English language.
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