The Best Practices Database is arranged under three general categories: (1) Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment, (2) Mental Health Services, and (3) System and Organizational Issues. Each of the categories is then broken down into subcategories, to make it easier to find information on a specific topic. The search may be further refined according to age, treatment type, and/or other characteristics.
When you have chosen the parameters for your search and submitted your request, you will see an annotated list of sites that MHDNA staff has classified as relevant to your interest. The brief description of the site will allow you to decide whether you want to proceed.
Tip: If there are no entries under your search parameters, then broaden your search. For example, if you are interested in adolescents, try children as well. If there are still few entries, try choosing "No Preference" in age, treatment, and/or diagnosis. "No Preference" is used when several categories may apply.
The classification of mental health disorders and the designation of specific subcategories reflect standard behavioral health classification schemes. However, not all issues are neatly defined and there is often overlap, especially on comprehensive behavioral health web sites. Because of this, some links may show up at several different places, and the classification we have selected for a specific link may not reflect where you think it ought to be. That's why building the Best Practices Database is a collaborative exercise. Let us know how we can make it better!
Finally, a key component of MHDNA's work is to recognize and promote the implementation of best practices in Arizona. In the near future, we will link our Arizona Database with the Best Practices Database, so we can show which Arizona public programs, providers and provider organizations have best practices in place.