Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs)

What is an Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)?

When GHS is choosing which type of care to give, we look to scientific research to show us which services are the most likely to help our clients. All of our services have been evaluated by the professional community, endorsed by the federal government, and are proven to make a positive difference.


GHS is currently using several evidence-based practices in the treatment we offer our clients. Below are the practices we use most often. 

Evidence-based Practice

Who is it for?  What is therapy like? 
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

GHS utilizes ABA therapy for the treatment of person's diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder under the age of 21. ABA can also be utilized for people across the age range and for various other diagnosis including other developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, mood disorders, and personality disorders. In addition ABA can also be utilized in business practices and behavioral medicine.

ABA therapy for persons on the Autism Spectrum is a very intensive form of outpatient therapy that can occur between 3-5 days per week where the individual can receive these services in center based services, in home, or in the community. Typically these services utilize a highly trained ABA technician who implements the therapy designed by a Behavior Analyst who then spends at least 1 hour for every 10 hours of services received supervising the treatment in the setting where the therapy is being delivered.

Assertive Community Treatment

Anyone with symptoms of mental illness that are difficult to control and hard to ignore leading to many in-patient hospital stays.

Members of the treatment team meet with the person in their home or in the community  several times a week.  The goal is to help the person return to stable functioning in the community.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

People who have trouble keeping their feelings of panic, worry, fear or anger under control.  Sometimes they hurt themselves by cutting or burning; they often feel shame or guilt about  their out-of-control  behavior.

DBT helps people learn skills that help them understand and handle their feelings, get along better with family and friends and achieve a better quality of life.

Family Psychoeducation Anyone who has a major mental illness and their friends, family or other natural supports.

FPE brings everyone together to learn about the effects of mental illness so they can problem solve and create a network of people who care.

MultiSystemic Therapy

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive family-and community-based treatment program that focuses on the entire world of chronic and violent juvenile offenders — their homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends.

MST works with the toughest offenders. They are adolescents, male and female, between the ages of 12 and 17 who have very long arrest histories.

MST clinicians go to where the child and the family is to work intensively with parents or other caregivers to help them regain ways to keep the adolescent focused on school and gaining job skills. 

The therapist and caregivers might also introduce the youth to sports and recreational activities as an alternative to hanging out.  MST staff are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist.

Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment People who have symptoms of two disorders; often mental illness and substance abuse.

Treatment focuses on both disorders at the same time rather than one or the other.  Program staff have skill sets that promote positive gains  in all aspects of the person's Recovery.