Funded by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Children’s Administration
The Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (PBHJP) has partnered with the Children’s Administration (CA) of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to train, coach, and monitor fidelity of evidence based practices (EBPs) and promising practices for children and families in Washington State involved in the child welfare system. CA’s commitment to increase access to evidence-based practices that are appropriate to meeting the safety, permanency, and well-being needs of children in its care has provided impetus for this new state-academic collaboration.
The goal for the partnership is to provide more consistent, higher quality workforce support; collect data on the training and fidelity of evidence based practices that can be analyzed and used on an on-going basis to inform decisions, improve cost efficiencies around training and fidelity monitoring by using a single entity; and to establish more consistent and responsive policies around provider engagement, support, outreach, and information.
More specifically, PBHJP staff is responsible for:
To increase awareness and understanding of EBPs, and to facilitate appropriate referrals for children who may benefit, PBHJP has provided training to Children’s Administration on EBPs currently available to child welfare families. As EBPs become more widely available, the UW is also engaging in training for service brokers to make EBPs more accessible to youth and families.