Center for Evidence to Practice

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The need for a Behavioral Health Evidence-Based Practice Center was demonstrated in the 2017 Louisiana Behavioral Health Provider Survey of Youth Related Services. This statewide survey, funded by the Office of Behavioral Health and executed by Dr. Stephen Phillippi, Ph.D. found less than 60% of the mental health services delivered under Medicaid coverage were reporting utilizing an evidence-based practice, and even fewer providers reporting the adoption of key research supported components, like written training curricula, structured supervision, fidelity monitoring, and manualized treatment. Thus, the Center for Evidence to Practice was created in hopes of bridging gaps and bring more evidence-based behavioral health practices to communities across the state of Louisiana.


At the Center for Evidence to Practice we envision a Louisiana where all individuals have access to a high quality, responsive and effective behavioral health system delivered by a well-trained workforce.


We achieve this through the Center’s mission to support Louisiana and its agencies, organizations, communities, and providers in the selection and implementation of research-driven behavioral health interventions while understanding and helping to address challenges related to sustaining quality practice that promotes well-being and improves outcomes.


To do this work, the Center’s core beliefs and principles include being…

  • Collaborative;
  • Strengths-based;
  • Community-oriented;
  • Solution-focused;
  • Responsive;
  • Data driven to inform decisions; and
  • Excellent in communicating and supporting our partners