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Responsibilities of the implementation leader and implementation steering team include identifying and utilizing personnel, resources, and processes (administrative support and system changes) needed to support the evidence-based practice; an assessment of training needs; and development of an implementation timeline.

Consultants from EBP implementation centers can work with public mental health authorities and program leaders to inform them about the practice, to evaluate an agency's or system's commitment to change, and to assess current realities of financial incentives, staffing, and structure.

By developing partnerships with community organizations including peer support programs, consumer and family advocacy groups, police, homeless shelters, food banks, department

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implementation leader and the implementation steering team can most effectively develop support for the practice. These groups may contribute to the development of an implementation plan.

Use of implementation resource materials:

  • Implementation Tips for Public Mental Health Authorities is designed for individuals at the municipal, county, or state mental health authority.

  • Implementation Tips for Mental Health Program Leaders is designed to be shared with the individuals in an agency that make and carry out decisions about the local resources and processes. This includes people who have responsibility for program management, training, policy development, program standards, data management, and funding.

Enacting the implementation

Making it happen

  • involve agency personnel at all levels to support the implementation

  • host a "kick-off" training where all stakeholders receive information about the practice

  • host a comprehensive skills training for agency personnel who will be providing the practice

  • arrange opportunities to visit programs that have successfully implemented the practice

  • work with an implementation center for off-site support for the practice

  • review current agency outcome measures relative to the practice and modify outcome data to monitor the practice. Learn how to make use of outcome measures in clinical practice and supervision

  • work with a consultant/trainer to learn how to use the fidelity scale to identify strengths and weaknesses in the implementation effort

Trainers can work with the agency to offer an initial or "kickoff" training for all stakeholders. The trainer can then provide comprehensive skills training for those personnel within the agency who will be providing the practice. The trainers may offer to visit the program at least one day per month for the first six months, then one day every other month for the next six months, for ongoing training, consultation, supervision as needed by the program. The trainer may also be available on a weekly basis for phone consultation.

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