Behavioral Health

ICF International supports U.S. federal, state, and local administrators, policy-makers, and providers in developing, administering, improving, and evaluating behavioral health prevention, treatment, and recovery services in a high-quality and efficient manner.



Annually, millions of individuals suffer with a wide range of behavioral health issues and their consequences, including depression, anxiety, substance use, domestic violence, and negative reactions to traumatic events. Through a wide array of strategies, ICF brings unique capabilities and experience in behavioral health that enable us to support our clients’ needs and ultimately, support the needs of those most in need of effective and cost-efficient behavioral health prevention and treatment services.

ICF's unique capabilities include: 

  • A large cadre of experienced technicians who are also content experts to develop tailored approaches to the most complex system needs

  • Depth in various content areas within behavioral health including:

    • Criminal justice and behavioral health
    • Housing and homelessness
    • Substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery
    • Children’s behavioral health
    • Suicide and violence prevention
    • Disaster behavioral health preparedness, response, and recovery 
    • The structure and functioning of state mental health and substance use agencies
    • Organizational effectiveness strategies in behavioral health agencies

  • Expertise in applying innovative and cutting-edge technology to our evaluation, technical assistance, human capital, and strategic communications activities, such as: 

    • Data integration and maintenance
    • Social marketing and Web 2.0 strategies
    • Web-based survey systems
    • Electronic task monitoring and reporting systems
    • Web-based information dissemination (i.e., webinars, distance learning strategies)



Related Resources

  • Project

    SAMHSA Marketing Development and Marketing Support Contract

    For the past seven years, ICF has provided full-service materials development and marketing support (MDMS) to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Office of Communications (OC).

  • Project

    CSAP Underage Drinking Prevention Education Initiatives

    Through the Underage Drinking Public Education Initiatives (UADPEI) contract, ICF manages the implementation of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s underage drinking prevention campaigns such as Too Smart to Start and Reach Out Now Teach-Ins. UADPEI serves as the agency’s focal point for efforts to strengthen the capacity of communities to deliver effective underage drinking prevention programs.

  • Project

    Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) National Evaluation for Systems of Care

    ICF was awarded a series of contracts by SAMHSA to conduct the national evaluation of the Children’s Mental Health Initiative, which was designed to respond to a critical lack of available treatment services for children affected by serious emotional disorders.

  • Project

    Native Aspirations

    ICF is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to conduct a cross-site evaluation of the Native Aspirations project. The project was created in 2005 to address the excessively high rates of youth suicide, substance abuse, bullying, and school violence in 25 American Indian and Alaska Native communities in the United States and its territories through the implementation of culturally appropriate, evidence-based interventions.

  • Project

    National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative

    ICF International was awarded a contract to design and implement a multimethod cross-site evaluation of the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI). The purpose of the cross-site evaluation is to assess the impact of the multilevel National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) on access to care and quality of care for children exposed to trauma.

  • Project

    Knowledge Applications and Transfer (KAT) Program

    This project involves supporting six SAMHSA programs related to youth violence and suicide prevention. ICF provides the clearinghouse of information for public consumption.

  • Project

    SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC)

    ICF assists SAMHSA in improving and broadening the range of overall technical assistance and public sector capacity for behavioral health crisis preparedness, response, and recovery.

  • Project

    CSAP Health Communication and Marketing

    ICF International provides SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) with multifaceted communications support in an effort to convey to its stakeholders that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover.

  • Project

    Youth Suicide Prevention Evaluation

    ICF is conducting the cross-site evaluation for both the Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Program and the Campus Suicide Prevention Program, as mandated by the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act.

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