. "13 Toward an Improved Approach to Prevention." Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2009.
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Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities
for both family-centered preventive intervention and individual-centered intervention.
Explore the possibility of set-asides or targeted funding for promotion and prevention activities, similar to the set-aside proposed for the Mental Health Services Block Grant (see Recommendation 12-1).
Consult with leading researchers, major stakeholder and professional organizations, and constituency groups in developing priorities, goals, and a shared action agenda.
Coordinate with relevant foundations to identify priority partnerships aimed at better understanding the implementation of evidence-based programs, possibly through the Child Mental Health Foundations and Agencies network, a collaborative of public and private agencies and foundations interested in issues of child development and public policy.
Coordinate with NIH on the development of a 10-year research agenda (see Recommendation 13-5) and plan, organize, and support further research, led by NIH:
To further examine the impact of programs and policies to determine the extent to which they prevent the development of problems, promote mental health, or both. That research should assess the impact of interventions on multiple disorders and problems.
To experimentally evaluate strategies for getting effective programs and policies widely and effectively adopted.
Oversee development of approaches to monitor the prevalence of disorders and key risk and protective factors, as well as relevant service use across a range of delivery systems (see Recommendations 2-1 and 2-2).
Identify specific opportunities to braid the funding of research and practice so that the impact of programs and practices that are being funded by service agencies, such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), are experimentally evaluated through research funded by such agencies as NIH or the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) (see Recommendation 12-2).
Consider the potential to develop a standardized system to measure core promotion and prevention outcomes that could be used and adapted by states and communities across the country to monitor performance, potentially building on existing community monitoring systems.
Oversee the development and implementation of consistent, rigorous standards of evidence for endorsement of prevention programs (see Recommendation 12-4).