Since 1999 the Evidence‐Based Services (EBS) Committee has been promoting best practices to serve children and adolescents with mental health needs. Multiple reports, recommendations, trainings, and studies have been provided to alert mental health professionals, administ rators, and parents with special needs children of the best ways mental health needs can be met.
Beginning in July 2009, the committee has developed four separate, but related, service initiatives toward the goal of disseminating and implementing EBS in community practice.
The four main dissemination and implementation initiatives include:
1. Create networking and service learning opportunities for anyone interested in evidence‐based practices for children and adolescents with mental health needs.
2 Provide supervisor and therapist training in evidence-based practices.
3. Provide evidenced-based practices resources/educational opportunities for Hawaii State graduate programs.
4. Increase consumer and parent knowledge of and demand for youth best practices by collaborating with parent and consumer partners for developing and maintaining a consumer-friendly information website.
To learn more about EBS, visit: http://hawaii.gov/health/mental-health/camhd/library/webs/ebs/ebs-index.html Under Evidence Based Practice Profiles, you can click on a specific disorder to see what evidence-based practices exist for that disorder.
Membership is open to anyone in the community, and anyone interested in youth evidence-based services (EBS) initiatives. We invite you to stop by! The monthly meeting is held on the first Tuesday of every month at 3 pm in the Diamond Head Health Center, Room 418. For more information, contact Dr. Brad Nakamura, EBS Committee Co-Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.