Trump Administration Ends the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices

Dangerous individuals with mental illness are getting their hands on weapons without being prevented from doing so and getting the help they need from our mental health institutions. Instead of taking a proactive approach to the problem, the government is cutting programs that raise awareness for the treatment of mental illness. On the afternoon of February 14, 2018 a mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen fatalities and fourteen more injured make this one of the worlds deadliest school massacres. In the face of this tragedy and what has become already double digit gun-related incidents at schools in the US this year, our Government is seeking to cut the budget for both the Center for Disease Control as well as that of Health and Human Services, both responsible in large part for overall public health.

To that end, on December 28, 2017 the Trump administration abruptly halted work on a highly regarded program to help physicians, families, and others separate effective “evidence-based” treatments for substance abuse and behavioral health problems from worthless interventions.

National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

The program, called the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, was launched in 1997 and is run by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Its website lists 453 programs in behavioral health—aimed at everything from addiction and parenting to HIV prevention, teen depression, and suicide-hotline training—that have been shown, by rigorous outcomes measures, to be effective and not quackery. The most recent were added last September.

Our attorney’s at Jamen Lachs Law cannot begin to understand the pain and suffering the families of this tragedy are going through. All the prayers and well wishes offered by our government to the families of those killed or injured don’t amount to much if this is what is going on behind the scenes.

By | 2018-03-01T09:10:36-05:00 February 28th, 2018|Mental Health, Recovery|

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