The Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (PBHJP) is committed to improving the health and well-being of children, families, and adults served by the mental health, chemical dependency, child welfare, and justice systems. We aim to achieve this mission by implementing, supporting, and informing effective interventions, empirically based training, and collaborative research. We are dedicated to helping individuals and families overcome challenges by emphasizing their strengths and enhancing their skills.
We aim to accomplish this mission through commitment to several core values:
We are also dedicated to conducting our work…
The Division of Public Behavioral Health Policy and Justice Policy was originally established in 1982 through a Washington State Legislative proviso. The goals of the proviso were to improve recruitment and retention of mental health professionals who would choose careers in the public sector and to provide technical assistance to the legislature and executive branch on issues related to behavioral health and justice policy. In addition, the Division was intended to serve as a resource to the state by conducting research on services and systems related to public behavioral health, and to provide continuing educational opportunities for providers and families statewide.