Statement by SAMHSA on NREPP

We just wanted to pass along this information that we received today about NREPP:


Last week, SAMHSA announced that it was not going to continue to support the National Registry of Evidence-based Practices and Programs (NREPP).  Given the current federal administration’s dismissal of proven some science (such as climate change), the announcement that SAMHSA was ending support of NREPP provoked considerable alarm that, as it turns out, is not warranted.    I was able to participate in a conference call with Dr. McCance-Katz , the Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services (in charge of SAMHSA) so that she could discuss her thinking about NREPP.  I want to share with you  the statement that she issued for your information and consideration.  On the call, she introduced Chris Jones, Ph.D., whom she selected to head SAMHSA’s newly established Policy Laboratory, which will be responsible for selecting evidence-based practices and promoting them.

I was very fortunate to work with Dr. McCance-Katz when she was faculty at VCU Medical Center in the mid2000s.  She was the first waivered physician (licensed to utilize buprenorphine to treat addiction) I met, and she was generous with providing DBHDS and the field with technical expertise in a grounded, real world way.  I have also had the privilege of meeting and working with Dr. Jones when he was at the CDC.  He is a person in long-term recovery who supports science-based holistic approaches to treatment.

I am sharing this with you because I believe that it is important that we save outrage for those who deserve it, and support those who are trying to support us.  Dr. McCance-Katz deserves our support.  She is interested in hearing from us what is working and what SAMHSA can do better.   I anticipate that SAMHSA will change under her leadership; some of those changes may not be comfortable for us but, at least for the time being, I hope that we will be patient as these changes unfold.




Substance Use Disorder Policy Director

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services