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NREPP Suspended

From the Washington Post.

Trump administration freezes database of addiction and mental health treatments

Federal health officials have suspended a program that helps thousands of professionals and community groups across the country find effective interventions for preventing and treating mental illness and substance-use disorders.

The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is housed within the Health and Human Services Department’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The registry, which was launched in 1997, offers a database of hundreds of mental health and substance abuse programs that have been assessed by an independent contractor and deemed scientifically sound. Getting a program or therapeutic approach included in this registry amounts to receiving federal recognition as an evidence-based practice. Mental health and addiction specialists say they rely on this database as a key source for finding appropriate and effective therapies.

Since 2015, the registry has also included evidence that certain interventions do not work, which helps practitioners avoid wasting resources on those programs.

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