NH Service to Science

The term “Service to Science” is used by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to identify interventions developed by local and community organizations that have yet to establish their efficacy through research and/or rigorous evaluation New Hampshire’s process is aligned with SAMHSA’s nomination process which was developed to:

  • determine the strength of theoretical frameworks used in the development of the intervention
  • feasibility of determining and evaluating intermediate outcomes relevant for the intervention’s intended purpose
  • address the risk and protective factors and cultural context influencing alcohol and other drug behaviors in New Hampshire

There is a two-step process for providers to seek endorsement for interventions as evidence-based.

Step 1: Complete the Intent to Become Evidence-Based form and submit it to the Center for Excellence Service to Science coordinator. This will alert the Center about the intervention and prompt a meeting or site visit to develop a plan for Expert Panel review.

Step 2: Provides may then apply for a “New Hampshire Service to Science” classification from the New Hampshire Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) through the Center for                     Excellence Service to Science application. The Expert Panel review process provides opportunities for the refinement and maturation of an intervention, and consultation related to evaluation and outcome reporting.

Forms and Resources:

NH Center For Excellence Expert Panel

The New Hampshire Expert Panel, a panel of experts from the field of substance services who are convened by the NH Department of Health & Human Services (NH DHHS), Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services and its Center for Excellence contractor, reviews and scores Service to Science applications and may endorse a program as a Promising or Evidenced-Based Practice based on a set of criteria examining program design, implementation and evaluation outcomes.

Expert Panel Members:

  • Marissa Carlson, CPS, Executive Director, NH Teen Institute
  • Dean Cascadden, Ph.D., Superintendent SAU #67 (Bow/Dunbarton)
  • Sandra Del Sesto, M.Ed., ACPS, Consultant/Master Trainer, Educational Development Ctr.
  • Valerie Morgan, Administrator (retired), NH DHHS, Bureau of Drugs & Alcohol Services
  • Jennifer O’Higgins, MA, CPS, Senior Policy Analyst, NH DHHS, Div. of Behavioral Health

Promising Practice: Programs that are endorsed as a promising practice have demonstrated readiness to conduct a high quality, systematic evaluation. The evaluation includes the collection and reporting of data to determine the effectiveness on indicators highly correlated with reducing or preventing substance misuse. The evaluation may use a pre-post approach, an open-trial model, other quasi- or non-experimental model, or an experimental model. The NH Registry of Interventions for Promising Practices endorsed by the NH Expert Panel are: Making Changes, Teen Institute Summer Program, and Youth Leadership Through Adventure.

Evidence-Based: Programs that are endorsed as evidence-based have demonstrated a commitment to refining program protocols and process, and a high quality, systematic evaluation documenting short-term and intermediate outcomes. The NH Registry of Interventions for Evidence-Based Practices endorsed by the NH Expert Panel are: Take Control, One Voice Youth to Youth and NH Life of an Athlete. Media Power Youth is another New Hampshire evidence-based program and is also NH’s first recognized program listed on the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).