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How to Apply to Section I: Evidence-Based Programs

To be listed in Section I of the BPR, program developers must apply directly to NREPP and follow its submission and review processes.

Open Submission Periods and Eligibility Criteria:

Generally, NREPP accepts applications for review during a three-month open submission period. Th is submission period has typically been in the fall and winter. This year's open submission period is November 23, 2015 through January 26, 2016. Current information about the open submission period and criteria can be found on the NREPP website (www.nrepp.samhsa.gov).

Review Criteria:

NREPP changed its review criteria in 2015. Please see the NREPP Program Review Criteria for details.

Helpful NREPP Links for Potential Applicants

How to Apply to Section II: Expert and Consensus Statements

Please note: The Best Practices Registry (BPR) is not accepting new submissions. As you may know, SPRC is beginning a new 5-year funding cycle as of October 1, 2015. At SAMHSA’s request, we are continuing to redesign the BPR to ensure that it aligns with the current state of suicide prevention and SPRC’s new scope of work. The redesign is expected to continue through the first quarter of 2016; we appreciate your patience until we announce the changes. We look forward to supporting the field even more effectively with information about evidence-based and best practices. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact info@sprc.org.

Section II Eligibility and Review Criteria

To be eligible for review, the expert/consensus statement must address at least one objective of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

Each expert/consensus statement is rated on six criteria:

  • Importance: The statement provides an important tool that, if used as intended, contributes to the field of suicide prevention.
  • Likelihood of Meeting Objectives: If implemented as intended, the statement is likely to meet its objectives.
  • Accuracy: Information contained in the statement is accurate.
  • Safety: If implemented as intended, the statement is unlikely to result in a predictable increase in suicide risk or other adverse event.
  • Congruence with Prevailing Knowledge: The statement accurately reflects prevailing knowledge in the field. If applicable, recommendations should be based upon an appropriate review of the literature.
  • Appropriateness of Development Process: Appropriate and adequate methods were used to derive the statement's recommendations. If applicable, this included the use of a consensus building process involving appropriate stakeholders.

Section II Submission Process

The BPR is not currently accepting submissions.

Section II Review Process

 Each guideline is reviewed by three expert reviewers who have advanced degrees and/or relevant clinical, research, or programmatic experience in the field of suicide prevention. When possible, programs are reviewed by experts with specific expertise in that area (e.g., an emergency room physician would review an emergency room protocol). The experts rate each criterion on a scale of 1 (strongly disagree that the statement meets the criterion) through 4 (strongly agree that the statement meets the criterion). Statements must receive an average score of 3 or greater on each criterion to be included in the BPR.

How to Apply to Section III: Adherence to Standards

Please note: The Best Practices Registry (BPR) is not accepting new submissions. As you may know, SPRC is beginning a new 5-year funding cycle as of October 1, 2015. At SAMHSA’s request, we are continuing to redesign the BPR to ensure that it aligns with the current state of suicide prevention and SPRC’s new scope of work. The redesign is expected to continue through the first quarter of 2016; we appreciate your patience until we announce the changes. We look forward to supporting the field even more effectively with information about evidence-based and best practices. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact info@sprc.org.

Section III Eligibility and Review Criteria

To be eligible for review, the program must address at least one objective of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Program materials must also be available for dissemination (the BPR posts only program descriptions, not the materials themselves.)

Each program or practice is rated on fifteen criteria:

The Section III Application Guidelines (PDF) include a detailed description of these criteria.

Resources Related to Section III Criteria:
This page lists links and resources for developing suicide prevention content that is accurate, likely to meet objectives, and consistent with current standards in the field.

Section III Submission Process

The BPR is not currently accepting submissions.

Section III Review Process

 Each program is reviewed by three expert reviewers who have advanced degrees and/or relevant clinical, research, or programmatic experience in the field of suicide prevention. When possible, programs are reviewed by experts with specific expertise in that area (e.g., an emergency room physician would review an emergency room protocol).

The experts rate each criterion on a scale of 1 (strongly disagree that the program meets the criterion) through 4 (strongly agree that the program meets the criterion). Programs must receive an average score of 3 or greater on each applicable item to be included in the BPR. See the Application Guidelines (PDF) for more information.