The child welfare field has increasingly scaled up the use of interventions validated by scientific evidence through controlled clinical studies, randomized clinical trials, or other means of establishing empirical evidence. Evaluating programs, translating research to practice, and disseminating findings can help ensure a consistent approach to improving outcomes for children and youth. This section offers information and resources on frameworks for helping child welfare agencies become evidence-based organizations, interventions for working with children and families facing serious mental health challenges or affected by substance use, and searchable databases and clearinghouses of interventions specific to the behavioral health of children, youth, and families involved with child welfare.
The Behavioral Health and Wellness section has replaced both the Mental Health and the Substance Abuse sections on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website. Please update your bookmarks.
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
Identifies and disseminates information on evidence-based child welfare practices, including mental health programs. The clearinghouse provides a searchable database of programs that can be utilized by professionals that serve children and families receiving child welfare services.
Multisytemic Therapy (MST)
Introduces Multisystemic Therapy (MST) as an evidence-based treatment that addresses the behavioral health of children and families who are at risk of becoming involved with child welfare. This website describes the philosophy of MST and its method of involving all systems connected to a child in the treatment process.
National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2015)
Provides a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and evidence-based treatment of mental, behavioral, and substance use disorders for children and families.