Evidence-based Intervention Resources for Counties

Evidence-based interventions (EBIs) supported by the EPISCenter include Functional Family Therapy, Multisystemic Therapy, and Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care.  These programs differ from prevention models, because they focus on youth who already exhibit behavior problems and often have formal systems involvement. In Pennsylvania, these three interventions are funded by a combination of county dollars and Medical Assistance.


Taking the Lead

  • Taking the Lead is a newsletter for county leadership and BH-MCOs in Pennsylvania, focused on providing timely and relevant information about evidence-based intervention programs (FFT, MST, and MTFC).

Looking Back, Moving Forward: The History & Current State of Evidence-based Intervention in Pennsylvania

  • For Counties New to EBI Implementation: Why start from scratch?  Review this report to explore lessons learned by counties who have come before you, the benefits of specific EBIs, and how to plan ahead for potential challenges.
  • For Counties with Existing EBI Providers: Understand the big picture issues in Pennsylvania and see how your county compares to the statewide outcomes. Find solutions to common challenges experienced by EBI providers and identify ways that county leadership can be part of the solution for these programs that are proven to decrease placement and improve outcomes for high risk youth.

EBI Outcomes & Impact in Pennsylvania

  • EBI Reports - Annual reports highlighting outcomes and economic impact, as well as quarterly outcome reports and other Pennsylvania-specific data.
  • Youth Placement Rates in Pennsylvania Counties: The Impact of EBIs (Feb. 2012) - This powerpoint presentation summarizes changes in juvenile justice, child welfare, and mental health placements over a period of several years, and examines the role of evidence-based interventions in decreasing placement rates for Pennsylvania youth.
  • INSPIRE FAQ- Learn more about INSPIRE, the data system used to track EBI outcomes in Pennsylvania

County Tools

  • Collaborative Funding Plan
    Designed to help counties, BH-MCOs, and providers collaborate on a well-thought out plan to fund FFT or MST.
  • Community Readiness Tools 
    Hands-on guides to help counties evaluate whether a certain evidence-based intervention is a good fit for local needs and whether your community is ready to move forward with implementation.

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