Evidence-based Practice – DPBHS encourages treatment services that can be empirically supported in mental health and substance abuse literature for specific target populations and presenting problems.  Within recent years, the Division has used grants for dissemination and training in a number of evidence based practices.  DPBHS is also developing processes for studying client outcome in programs across its entire system.

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) - For more information about the project in Delaware,  contact Charles Webb, Ph.D. at Charles.Webb@state.de.us

  • Family Education and Support - Evidence-based programs and practices are utilized across the spectrum of prevention and treatment services and are a resource for families and communities to gather needed skills, information and support.

  • DPBHS has recently implemented the use of several Evidence Based Practices (EBP) into our treatment continuum. These include: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Family Based Mental Health Services (FBMHS), Functional Family Therapy (FFT) and Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST). Complete service descriptions for these services can be found in the DPBHS Provider Manual. For additional information on these services, please contact Shelly Lazorchak at rochelle.lazorchak@state.de.us.

  • DPBHS is currently implementing Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) statewide.  PCIT works best with children ages 2 -5 who are having emotional or behavioral issues.  A trained therapist works with caregivers to use positive discipline strategies, build a more positive relationship with their child and learn skills to change negative parent-child behavior interactions.  For further information, contact Mary Moor by email at Mary.Moor@state.de.us

Data-Based Management  - The Division is committed to providing the best outcomes for its clients in the most cost-effective way. Decision-making, whether it is clinical or financial, must be grounded in data. “Every fiscal decision is a clinical decision and every clinical decision is a fiscal decision.”

Complaints and Appeals – Anyone has the right to make an inquiry, lodge a complaint about any aspect of DPBHS operations, and/or to appeal a decision made under the managed care system. The Division encourages individuals to talk together and to settle complaints at the lowest possible level.

Quality Improvement  – This unit is responsible for monitoring both the internal and external operations of the Division and  providing status reports to Division Leadership on a regular basis.  In addition to these activities, QI manages the incident reporting process and data base, manages clinical records activities, and reviews and reports on complaints and appeals that rise to the level of central office review.

Training – DPBHS is committed to expanding the knowledge base and clinical skills of individuals who work with clients and their families. If you have any questions about our training initiatives, , contact Charles Webb, Ph.D. at Charles.Webb@state.de.us.

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