Implementing Evidence Based Practices for Children’s Mental Health: A Case Study in Implementing Modular Treatments in Community Mental Health

  • Daniel M. CheronEmail author
  • Angela A. W. Chiu
  • Cameo F. Stanick
  • H. Gemma Stern
  • Aberdine R. Donaldson
  • Eric L. Daleiden
  • Bruce F. Chorpita
Original Article


There is strong enthusiasm for utilizing implementation science in the implementation of evidence-based programs in children’s community mental health, but there remains work to be done to improve the process. Despite the proliferation of implementation frameworks, there is limited literature providing case examples of overcoming implementation barriers. This article examines whether the use of three implementations strategies, a structured training and coaching program, the use of professional development portfolios for coaching, and a progress monitoring data system, help to overcome barriers to implementation by facilitating four implementation drivers at a community mental health agency. Results suggest that implementation is a process of recognizing and adapting to both predictable and unpredictable barriers. Furthermore, the use of these implementation strategies is important in improving implementation outcomes.


Implementation Youth mental health Modular treatment 



This study was funded by grants from the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, and The John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

Drs. Chorpita and Daleiden are partners in PracticeWise, LLC, which publishes the MATCH-ADTC program referred to in this study. Drs. Stanick and Chiu were consultants for PracticeWise, LLC at the time of the study.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in this study were conducted in accordance with the ethical standards of the first author’s institution and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Judge Baker Children’s CenterBostonUSA
  2. 2.Weill Cornell MedicineNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family ServicesPacoimaUSA
  4. 4.Northeastern UniversityBostonUSA
  5. 5.PracticeWise, LLCSatellite BeachUSA
  6. 6.The University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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