Definitions of Best and Promising Practices
There are varying professional opinions about what constitutes a "best", "promising", or "emerging" practice in behavioral health prevention and treatment. For purposes of this web site, we have elected to include information about programs and practices which meet one or more of the following criteria:
- There have been sufficient studies and evaluations to indicate that the practice is promising and is most likely beneficial for consumers and families;
- The practice or approach has become a nationally accepted best practice and has been widely used as a standard and guideline for program implementation and service delivery for a substantial period of time;
- There are examples of successful and beneficial implementation of the practice or approach.
Other definitions which may be of interest include: