Evidence-Based Resources

Presented are general resources selected based on their applicability to the mission of the Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice. This is not an exhaustive list.

The Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice does not necessarily endorse the programs and practices described on the featured websites, or promote the use of related materials. The views, policies, and opinions expressed on the featured websites are those of the organizations maintaining the website and/or the website authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice.


Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute Library at the University of Washington


The ADAI Library collection represents the spectrum of research and scientific literature on alcohol and other drug use from all relevant disciplines, including medicine, nursing, social work, criminal justice, sociology and psychology. The library is open to UW faculty, staff and students, as well as to college students and substance abuse professionals.


Campbell Collaborative


This collaborative seeks to improve decision-making through systematic reviews on the effects of interventions within the areas of education, crime and justice, and social welfare. A systematic review uses transparent procedures to find, evaluate and synthesize the results of relevant research. Studies included in a review are screened for quality, so that the findings of a large number of studies can be combined.


Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy

George Mason University


The Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy, housed within the George Mason University Department of Criminology, Law and Society, seeks to make scientific research a key component in decisions about crime and justice policies by advancing rigorous studies in criminal justice and criminology and proactively serving as an informational link to practitioners and the policy community.


Center for Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement, Resources on Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Bureau of Justice Assistance


This website provides links to outside content, which are categorized by either general resources or specific programs and practices. General resources include other repositories of evidence-based practice information, as well as a brief description of what types of information can be found on those outside sites. The content on this website is not group-specific.


Evidence-Based Practices:  An Implementation Guide for Community-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Agencies

Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation at the University of Iowa


This handbook provides concrete ways of bridging the gap between research findings and clinical practice by providing guidance on identifying, implementing, and maintaining evidence-based practices within substance abuse treatment.


A Guide to Evidence-Based Practices on the Web

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


This site provides assistance in connecting stakeholders and participating jurisdictions with connections to outside websites that contain information on evidence-based interventions to prevent and treat mental health and substance abuse disorders. This site provides information on both specific EBP’s, and comprehensive reviews of research findings.


Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

Smarter Solutions for Crime Reduction: An Online Resource for Policymakers and Practitioners


These evidence-based practices gathered by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority offer a basic primer to identify and implement a variety of research-based strategies.


NIDA:  Principles of Drug Abuse Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations:  A Research-Based Guide

Bennett W. Fletcher, and Redonna K. Chandler


This research-based guide for treating drug abusers within the criminal justice setting provides 13 essential treatment principles, and includes answers to frequently asked questions and resource information.


NREPP SAMHSA'S National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


This searchable online registry contains more than 230 interventions that support mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment to help the public implement these programs in their communities. The interventions have been assessed by independent reviewers.


Sequential Intercept Model

Use of the Sequential Intercept Model as an Approach to Decriminalization of People With Serious Mental Illness

Mark R. Munetz; Patricia A. Griffin


The Sequential Intercept Model provides a conceptual framework for communities to use when considering the interface between the criminal justice and mental health systems as they address concerns about criminalization of people with mental illness. The model envisions a series of points of interception at which an intervention can be made to prevent individuals from entering or penetrating deeper into the criminal justice system. Ideally, most people will be intercepted at early points, with decreasing numbers at each subsequent point. The interception points are law enforcement and emergency services; initial detention and initial hearings; jail, courts, forensic evaluations, and forensic commitments; reentry from jails, state prisons, and forensic hospitalization; and community corrections and community support. The model provides an organizing tool for a discussion of diversion and linkage alternatives and for systematically addressing criminalization. Using the model, a community can develop targeted strategies that evolve over time to increase diversion of people with mental illness from the criminal justice system and to link them with community treatment.


Social Programs that Work

Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy


The Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy has compiled a short list of social programs supported by very strong evidence. The criteria used by the review are similar to the criteria for the Effective with Reservation classification of OJP/USDOJ Working Group classification system.