Government Database For Mental Health Treatment Frozen
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has maintained a database of evidence-based treatments for mental and substance use disorders since 1997. Since 2015 the database also included treatments that are not effective treatments. On January 10, 2018, the Washington Post reported that SAMHSA had suspended the program in September 2016, but will have a new entity take over the program.
The new program has hired a director, but no staff are in place. The Washington Post reports there are no clear plans about how the new entity will operate and why the federal government terminated the contract to run the database. Although many experts feel the database is valuable, it is controversial. One study found that evidence for 14 % of therapies added to the database from Sept. 2015 to Jan. 2017 had only one non-peer reviewed article supporting it. In addition, 45% relied on just one peer reviewed study.
To read the Washington Post article see: Administration Freezes Database
To go see SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence Based Practices see: SAMHSA Registry