Implementing Evidence-Based Practice in Residential Care - How Far Have We Come?

Resid Treat Child Youth. 2017;34(2):155-175. doi: 10.1080/0886571X.2017.1332330. Epub 2017 Aug 9.


Residential care agencies have been making efforts to provide better quality care through the implementation of evidence-based program models and evidence-based treatments. This paper retraces the developments that led to such efforts. It further aims to answer two questions based on the available conceptual and empirical literature: (1) What is the current status on milieu-based program models that were developed for residential care settings with a therapeutic focus? (2) What is known about the implementation of client- or disorder-specific evidence-based treatments into residential care settings? Findings from this review will be integrated to provide recommendations to residential care providers about the integration of evidence-based treatments into their agencies and to point to the challenges that remain for the field.