After a lengthy review process, the Fountain House model of mental health recovery has just been nationally recognized as evidence-based. Last week, the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) added the ICCD Clubhouse Model to its list. Inclusion on this registry indicates that our intervention outcomes are supported by quality research and that our approach can be readily disseminated in other contexts.
Fountain House President, Kenn Dudek, commented on the significance, “Government funding is being substantially reduced over the next few years. In order for programs and services to survive, they’ll have to have data and research to support their effectiveness. Fountain House and ICCD- certified clubhouses have taken a great leap forward with this evidence based designation from the federal government. Anecdotal stories will no longer be enough - hard facts and data will win the day.”
Many strong clubhouses in the United States and around the world coordinated to achieve this goal. In order to reflect this partnership, we have chosen to use the generic term “ICCD Clubhouse,” with Fountain House listed as the originator.
Independent reviewers evaluated research on three outcomes: employment, quality of life, and perceived recovery from a mental health problem. For each outcome, research studies that measured the clubhouse’s effectiveness were deemed valid and significant. Further, a review of dissemination materials developed by the International Center for Clubhouse Development (ICCD), the organization charged with the development of new programs and the quality-control of existing ones, received the highest possible rating.
NREPP is a voluntary, self-nominating system. Inclusion has three main benefits.
- · Recognition by NREPP validates claims that practices are evidence-based, justifying continued and new implementation with funders and decision makers.
- · The NREPP Web site is a searchable resource that attracts users who may choose to implement interventions reviewed by NREPP.
- · Ratings and comments provided by the expert reviewers can provide direction for future studies and ongoing development of program materials.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) maintains the registry.