Evidence Based Prevention Practices

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Youth Services Bureaus. Youth Services Bureaus were established in the early 1970's to meet the needs of those troubled youth who display risky and/or delinquent behaviors and their families By Statue (Art 83C section 2-122) provide delinquency prevention services to Maryland's Youth. Youth Servi

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1. Evidence Based Prevention Practices Maryland Association of Youth Services Bureaus

2. Youth Services Bureaus Youth Services Bureaus were established in the early 1970’s to meet the needs of those troubled youth who display risky and/or delinquent behaviors and their families By Statue (Art 83C section 2-122) provide delinquency prevention services to Maryland’s Youth

3. Youth Services Bureaus Youth Services Bureaus work from the belief that prevention does not require the youth and his/her family to further deteriorate to receive the help they need YSB’s work with youth demonstrating known risk factors for juvenile delinquency (truancy, family discord, poor school performance, drug and alcohol use, etc)

4. 10 Maryland Jurisdictions Youth Services Bureaus established in: Anne Arundel County Baltimore City Baltimore County Calvert, Charles & St Mary’s Counties Carroll County Dorchester County Montgomery County Prince George’s County

5. YSB Outcomes Most recent analysis of Department of Juvenile Services data found that 2 years after ending treatment, 93% of at-risk youth had NOT been adjudicated delinquent.

6. YSB Outcomes First, pilot evaluation study of Youth Services Bureaus formal counseling services found: 60% of clients reported attaining most or all of their set treatment goals. Second evaluation study found that at the conclusion of formal counseling there was a statistically significant reduction in the intensity of youth and family problems Research conducted in partner with Dr. Elizabeth M. Timberlake, et al., The Catholic University of America, National Research Center for Child and Family Services.

7. What is Evidence Based Practice? In the health care field, evidence-based practice (or practices), also called EBP or EBPs, generally refers to approaches to prevention or treatment that are validated by some form of documented scientific evidence. What counts as "evidence" varies. Evidence often is defined as findings established through scientific research, such as controlled clinical studies, but other methods of establishing evidence are considered valid as well. Evidence-based practice stands in contrast to approaches that are based on tradition, convention, belief, or anecdotal evidence. (SAMHSA, National Registry of Evidence Based Practices)

8. What Is SAMHSA’s NREPP? The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable online registry of mental health and substance abuse interventions that have been reviewed and rated by independent reviewers. The purpose of this registry is to assist the public in identifying approaches to preventing and treating mental and/or substance use disorders that have been scientifically tested and that can be readily disseminated to the field. NREPP is a voluntary, self-nominating system in which intervention developers elect to participate. There will always be some interventions that are not submitted to NREPP, and not all that are submitted are reviewed. In addition, new intervention summaries are continually being added.

9. OJJDP Model Program Rating The MPG evidence ratings are based on the evaluation literature of specific prevention and intervention programs. The overall rating is derived from four summary dimensions of program effectiveness: The conceptual framework of the program the program fidelity the evaluation design the empirical evidence demonstrating the prevention or reduction of problem behavior; the reduction of risk factors related to problem behavior; or the enhancement of protective factors related to problem behavior

10. OJJDP Classifications Exemplary In general, when implemented with a high degree of fidelity these programs demonstrate robust empirical findings using a reputable conceptual framework and an evaluation design of the highest quality (experimental). Effective In general, when implemented with sufficient fidelity these programs demonstrate adequate empirical findings using a sound conceptual framework and an evaluation design of the high quality (quasi-experimental). Promising In general, when implemented with minimal fidelity these programs demonstrate promising (perhaps inconsistent) empirical findings using a reasonable conceptual framework and a limited evaluation design (single group pre- post-test) that requires causal confirmation using more appropriate experimental techniques.

11. EBPs and YSBs Youth Services Bureaus are committed to providing the most effective services to clients Youth Services Bureaus are implementing EBP’s in Maryland

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