About Us

The Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) at Case Western Reserve University was established in 1999 as a partnership between the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the Department of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. This partnership collaborates with and is supported by the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) as well as a number of contracts with community health authorities and other healthcare delivery systems nationally.

In July 2020, the CEBP joined the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at Case Western Reserve University, one of four research and training centers within the Mandel School. The Begun Center has also been the administrative home to The Center for Innovative Practices since 2008, an Ohio Center of Excellence that provides consulting and training to organizations that provide mental health and/or substance abuse services to children.

The CEBP partners with numerous other universities, technical-assistance organizations, and service systems in Ohio and other states.

What We Do

The CEBP provides technical assistance to health and behavioral healthcare organizations that are committed to improving outcomes and quality of life for people with mental illness, addiction, or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. We work cooperatively to help organizations implement and integrate the following three primary behavioral healthcare innovations:

  • Assertive Community Treatment, which improves outcomes for people with severe mental illness who are most at risk of homelessness, psychiatric hospitalization, and institutional recidivism.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Illness, which improves quality of life and other outcomes for people with addiction, mental illness, or co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness. 
  • Motivational Interviewing, which is a conversational approach designed to help people identify their readiness, willingness, and ability to change and to make use of their own change-talk.


The CEBP at Case Western Reserve University is a technical-assistance organization that promotes recovery among people with mental illness, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders through the implementation of evidence-based practices and emerging best practices in behavioral healthcare.


The CEBP is an internationally valued resource for implementing best practices in behavioral healthcare.


  • Integrity: In relationships, service delivery, and product development
  • Effectiveness: In training, consultation, program design, and implementation
  • Person-centeredness: Stage-based and motivational approaches with individuals, organizations, and systems
  • Collaboration: Inclusive partnerships with service providers and community stakeholders
  • Commitment: Helping partners realize their vision as they assist people seeking their services

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