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This site provides information, collaboration, and support for forward looking organizations employing best practices of feedback informed treatment to deliver highly effective mental health and substance abuse services thereby providing pursuaive practice based evidence effectiveness and value to patients, employers, and health plans.

What really makes a difference in performance? Here are excerpts from a recent review of the evidence: What do we know about psychotherapy? - An what is left to debate? Wampold & Imel, 2015

  • "Factors, such as the working alliance, empathy, expectations, psychoeducation about the disorder, and other so-called "common factors" are robustly related to outcome. Moreover, and importantly, those therapists who can form an alliance with a range of patients, have a sophisticated set of facilitative interpersonal skills, worry about their effectiveness, and make deliberate efforts to improve are the therapists who achieve better outcomes."
  • "Providing information about client progress to the therapist and the client improves the quality of psychotherapy, primarily by reducing the likelihood of treatment failures for clients not making expected progress. Monitoring client progress to improve the quality of services, which is often called practice-based evidence, is becoming more widely used."

ACORN History

The ACORN collaboration is celebrating it's 10th anniversary. It evolved out of a 20 year collaboration of researchers from multiple universities. The ACORN site was initiated in 2007. The ongoing collaboration involves providers, researchers, health plans and other payers in an ongoing effort to achieve superior clinical outcomes throughout the United States.... Read more

What's New?

This topic provides links to interesting presentation, articles and results of analyses that may be of interest to clinicians using ACORN tools.

Payer Specific Information

Payers and other organizations may maintain their own websites within the ACORN wiki. These webs foster collaboration and sharing of ideas between payers and providers. The ACORN FOSWiki platform permits a payer to designate all or part of the content within its web as secure, accessible only by registered users with authorization to view that web. The following webs may be viewed by any visitor to ACORN.

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Ongoing Research

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