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Keywords:

  • empirically supported treatments;
  • mental health services;
  • children's mental health;
  • Felix decree

The report by Chorpita et al. on the Hawaii Empirical Basis to Services Task Force details a significant effort to improve services and enhance children's lives. Several elements distinguish this particular project to identify empirically supported treatments, notably the multi-disciplinary and consumer composition of the review committee and the mandated application of treatments identified in the process. The context of the lawsuit with the resulting Felix decree and the process of decision-making are important for public policy as well as for the science and practice of mental health service delivery. These considerations will likely enlarge the impact of this project.