Home > The role of implementation organizations in scaling evidence-based psychosocial interventions.

Crane, Margaret E and Kendall, Philip C and Chorpita, Bruce F and Sanders, Matthew R and Miller, Allen R and Webster-Stratton, Carolyn and McWilliam, Jenna and Beck, Judith S and Ashen, Ceth and Embry, Dennis D and Pickering, John A and Daleiden, Eric L (2023) The role of implementation organizations in scaling evidence-based psychosocial interventions. Implementation Science, 18, 24. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13012-023-01280-5.

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BACKGROUND: To bring evidence-based interventions (EBIs) to individuals with behavioral health needs, psychosocial interventions must be delivered at scale. Despite an increasing effort to implement effective treatments in communities, most individuals with mental health and behavioral problems do not receive EBIs. We posit that organizations that commercialize EBIs play an important role in disseminating EBIs, particularly in the USA. The behavioral health and implementation industry is growing, bringing the implementation field to an important inflection point: how to scale interventions to improve access while maintaining EBI effectiveness and minimizing inequities in access to psychosocial intervention.

MAIN BODY: We offer a first-hand examination of five illustrative organizations specializing in EBI implementation: Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Incredible Years, Inc.; the PAXIS Institute; PracticeWise, LLC; and Triple P International. We use the Five Stages of Small Business Growth framework to organize themes. We discuss practical structures (e.g., corporate structures, intellectual property agreements, and business models) and considerations that arise when trying to scale EBIs including balancing fidelity and reach of the intervention. Business models consider who will pay for EBI implementation and allow organizations to scale EBIs.

CONCLUSION: We propose research questions to guide scaling: understanding the level of fidelity needed to maintain efficacy, optimizing training outcomes, and researching business models to enable organizations to scale EBIs.

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