South Kingstown, RI – March 14, 2013. The Depression Prevention Program (Managing Your Mood) developed by Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc.,
has been added to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). NREPP is a searchable online registry of substance abuse and mental health interventions that have been reviewed and rated by independent reviewers. The purpose of this registry is to assist the public in
identifying scientifically based, easily disseminated interventions.
The Depression Prevention Program is a Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change computer-tailored program for adults who are experiencing at least mild symptoms of depression. The goal of the program is to help individuals use healthy strategies for recognizing, managing, and reducing symptoms of depression, and for preventing the onset of major depression. The intervention was found effective in a large-scale randomized trial funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. It received high marks for the quality of the research and readiness for dissemination in the NREPP review.
To view a description of the Depression Prevention Program and reviewer ratings, please visit the NREPP website at: www.nrepp.samhsa.gov/ViewIntervention.aspx?id=275.
Deborah Levesque, PhD, Senior Vice-President at Pro-Change and the principal developer of the program stated, “We are thrilled to receive NREPP recognition for this low-cost, easily disseminated program that has the potential to reach and fill gaps in services for depressed and at-risk individuals in the work place and in primary care.”
This is not the first of Pro-Change’s Award Winning LifeStyle Programs to be recognized. In 2007, Pro-Change’s Stress Management Program was placed on SAMHSA’s NREPP site.
NREPP is one way that SAMHSA is working to improve access to information on tested interventions and thereby reduce the lag time between the creation of scientific knowledge and its practical application in the field. NREPP is a voluntary, self-nominating system in which intervention developers elect to participate. For more information on NREPP, please visit www.nrepp.samhsa.gov.