TOP designated as ‘Evidence-Based’ Mental Health Promotion Program

Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP®) was named an evidence-based Mental Health Promotion program by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). The program is now included in the National Registry of Evidence-based Practices and Programs (NREPP) database as one of 190+ interventions across the nation that have been proven to work to promote mental health!

So, what does this mean for us?
It means a great amount of things! To give some background into the matter, the agency that has designated this tremendous award is not just any agency but the expert agency on evaluating programs to ensure that the empirical research behind the programs truly shows results.

NREPP was developed to assist the public in identifying approaches to preventing and treating mental and/or substance use disorders that have been scientifically tested and that can be readily disseminated to the field. Instead of recommending programs that seem like they might work, SAMSHA’S NREPP takes great care in rigorously grading submitted programs with independent researchers and evaluators. Review processes generally take several months to complete and it involves identifying, reviewing, and disseminating information about programs.

This designation is a great honor for Wyman’s TOP and those who have worked hard to ensure that programs are run with high fidelity to the original model so that teens can achieve the intended outcomes of the program: to develop into young adults capable of self-sufficiency, building and maintaining diverse and healthy relationships and actively engaging in service to their communities.

Additionally, NREPP awarded Wyman’s TOP® high scores for its overall Readiness for Dissemination (RFD). The RFD score rates the quality of Wyman TOP’s curriculum materials, website, training, technical assistance and overall support infrastructure, and is a major part of the evaluation.

Wyman is thrilled at this high honor and hopes that it will open doors for more teens to receive the program nationwide. NREPP’s listing is an ultimate seal of excellence marking that which those who have experienced the program already know. Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program truly works!

Click here to view TOP’s listing on the NREPP website.