Children’s Services Evidence – Based Practice Advisory Committee


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The Children’s Services Evidence-Based Practice Advisory Committee reviews and advises the Office of Child and Family Services and other key stakeholders on proven treatment practices used in addressing the behavioral health disorders of childhood. 

The Committee reviews and assesses treatments and practices for the following:

  • Level of empirical evidence
  • Outcomes
  • Effect size
  • Applicability to Maine’s children
  • Ease of dissemination
  • Fidelity monitoring
  • Sustainability


The Committee was formed in 2007 as a subgroup of the DHHS Evidence-Based Practice Coordinating Committee and is charged with researching, evaluating, and disseminating information regarding evidence-based practices for behavioral health conditions in children.  In addition to reviewing the effectiveness of specific treatments, the Committee examines implementation of evidence-based practices in the community in order to identify potential barriers to increased accessibility of evidence-based practice in Maine. 

The Committee is strictly advisory in nature and does not make policy, nor does it or advocate for specific treatments or practices.  Members of the Committee include a broad representation of stakeholders in Maine’s children’s behavioral health system, including family representatives, youth advocacy groups, and provider organizations.


Evidence-Based Treatments for Children and Adolescents with Disruptive Behavior Disorders

In 2007-2008, the Committee conducted a comprehensive review of treatments for Disruptive Behavior Disorders as defined by the DSM-IV-TR, excluding Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  This report summarizes the Committee’s findings.  Treatments are rated according to their level of scientific evidence.  Implementation requirements for treatments rated with the highest levels of evidence are also included in the report (pdf*).

Current Projects 

The Committee is currently reviewing interventions and treatments for Pervasive Developmental Disorders, including Autism.

Evidence-Based Treatments in Autism Spectrum Disorders (word*1.28MB) or (pdf*1.03MB) - A report that reviews the scientific research behind treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders