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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 f all and w inter (for 2011 the open submission period was November 1, 2010 through February 1, 2011). The open submission period and submission criteria are announced each summer in the Federal Register (www.federalregister.gov). Current information about the open submission period and submission criteria can be found on the NREPP website (www.nrepp.samhsa.gov).

Review Criteria:

Interventions accepted for review are scored in two general areas:

  • Quality of Research ratings summarize the strength of the evidence supporting the reported results or outcomes of the intervention. Each outcome is scored on six criteria: reliability, validity, intervention fidelity, missing data and attrition, potential confounding variables, and appropriateness of analysis.
  • Readiness for Dissemination ratings summarize the amount and quality of the resources available to support the use of the intervention. The Readiness for Dissemination of the overall program is rated on three criteria: availability of implementation materials, training and support resources, and quality assurance procedures.

Helpful NREPP Links for Potential Applicants

  • Submissions provides information about whether NREPP is currently accepting applications and a general status update on previously accepted applications.
  • Selection and Training of Reviewers describes the qualifications and minimum requirements for NREPP reviewers.
  • Review and Submissions explains what happens once a program has been accepted for review.
  • Linked from the Review Submissions page:
    • Quality of Research describes the criteria used by reviewers to rate the strength of the evidence supporting each outcome.
    • Readiness for Dissemination describes the criteria used to rate the overall intervention on the resources available to support its use.
  • Frequently Asked Questions provides answers to common questions about NREPP.

SPRCTechnical Assistance for NREPP Submissions

Although NREPP is operated independently by SAMHSA, SPRC staff members can provide technical assistance for program developers wishing to submit suicide prevention programs for NREPP review. Please contact Sarah Bernes for assistance.

How to Apply to Section II: Expert and Consensus Statements

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

Because expert and consensus statements vary in form and content, Section II has no set application form. In general, applicants are asked to explain how the submission meets the Section II criteria outlined above. If you know of expert or consensus statements that may be appropriate for inclusion in this category, please contact Sarah Bernes to discuss submission procedures. This process is designed to be collaborative, and we encourage program developers to contact us with questions. Section II submissions may be made at any time during the year.

Section II Review Process

The total time from submission to posting of fact sheets for approved practices will vary depending on several factors, including the number of submissions waiting to be reviewed, external reviewers' schedules, the results of the review process, and program developers’ schedules.

Pre-Review
Upon receiving an application, BPR coordinator Sarah Bernes will review it for appropriateness and completeness. Based upon this initial review, she may request additional information.

Expert Review
The completed application is sent to three suicide prevention experts for review and scoring. 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.

Feedback and Revisions
After receiving reviewer comments and resolving any discrepancies among reviewers, the BPR coordinator will provide applicants with a summary of review results. For expert and consensus statements that do not meet BPR criteria, feedback to applicants will explain why the standards were not met and provide suggestions for addressing reviewer concerns. Applicants have the option to revise the materials in order to increase the scores to the 3 or greater rating required for inclusion in the BPR. In many cases, changes to materials will qualify a statement for inclusion in the BPR with no further external review, while others may require a second round of review.

Fact Sheet Approval and Posting
Applicants will be asked to approve the fact sheet prior to posting.

How to Apply to Section III: Adherence to Standards

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

To submit materials for Section III review, please

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Bernes. She is happy to consult with you as you prepare your application.

Section III Review Process

Applicants can expect to hear from the BPR coordinator (Sarah Bernes) at several points during the process. The total time from submission to posting of fact sheets for approved programs will vary depending on several factors, including the number of submissions waiting to be reviewed, external reviewers' schedules, the results of the review process, and program developers’ schedules.

Pre-Review
Upon receiving an application, BPR coordinator Sarah Bernes will review it for appropriateness and completeness. Based upon this initial review, she may request additional information.

Expert Review
The completed application is sent to three suicide prevention experts for review and scoring. 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.

Feedback and Revisions
After receiving reviewer comments and resolving any discrepancies among reviewers, the BPR coordinators will provide applicants with a summary of review results. For programs that do not meet BPR criteria, feedback to applicants will explain why the standards were not met and provide suggestions for addressing reviewer concerns. Applicants have the option to revise the materials in order to increase the scores to the 3 or greater rating required for inclusion in the BPR. In many cases, changes to materials will qualify a statement for inclusion with no further external review, while others may require a second round of review.

Fact Sheet Approval and Posting
Applicants will be asked to approve the fact sheet prior to posting.