The PEARLS Program has received national recognition as an evidence-based program from state and national organizations:
Administration for Community Living
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is an organization created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to meet the needs of people with disabilities and older adults to be able to live at home with the support they need. After an independent review of the evidence supporting the PEARLS Program, ACL added PEARLS to its list of Aging and Disability Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (ADEPP).
View the PEARLS Program listing on the ACL site.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have included the PEARLS Program in its publication Addressing Depression in Older Adults: Selected Evidence-Based Programs, which is intended to draw attention to evidence based programs for treating depression. The CDC seeks to increase awareness that depression is a public health issue and can be effectively addressed through community-based programs. This issue brief includes PEARLS and other evidence-based programs that have been successfully replicated in other communities.
The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) is a collection of evidence-based findings of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF). It is a resource to help one select interventions to improve health and prevent disease in their state, community, community organization, business, healthcare organization, or school. In 2008, The CPSTF recommended home-based depression care management programs like PEARLS for older adults with depression based on strong evidence of effectiveness in improving short-term depression outcomes.
View the Community Guide page for interventions to reduce depression among older adults.
National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), that assists the public in identifying approaches to preventing and treating mental and/or substance use disorders that have been scientifically tested and that can be readily disseminated to the field. In May 2007, PEARLS was added to NREPP’s searchable online registry following an extensive independent review of the evidence.
View the PEARLS Program listing on the NREPP site.
Evidence-Based Leadership Council (EBLC)
The Evidence-Based Leadership Council (EBLC) represents nationally recognized evidence-based programs (EBP) and leaders from community-based organizations that provide multiple EBPs. The EBLC has more than 200 combined years in developing, evaluating, scaling, implementing and sustaining evidence-based self-management programs. PEARLS was one of the founding members of EBLC in 2011 and is working together with local, state, and national partners to reach diverse populations with programs that work to improve their health and wellbeing.
View the PEARLS Program listing on the EBLC site.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the Nation’s lead Federal agency for research on healthcare quality, costs, outcomes, and patient safety. The AHRQ works with partners to distribute research-based information to patients, healthcare providers, and public policymakers. AHRQ’s Innovations Exchange shares evidence-based programs and tools for a range of settings and populations. AHRQ added PEARLS to their innovation profiles in 2009.
View the PEARLS Program innovation listing on the AHRQ site.
The Archstone Foundation is a grant-making organization focused on improving the well-being of older persons with a special focus on California. In 2011, PEARLS received the Archstone Foundation Award for Excellence in Program Innovation. This award was created in collaboration with the American Public Health Association’s Aging and Public Health section to recognize best practice models in Gerontology and Geriatrics that effectively link academic theory with applied practice.
View the PEARLS Program award brochure on the Archstone Foundation site.