Here you can find all of the content previously featured on our "What's New" pages.
December 10th, 2009 - The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare has released a side-by-side comparison chart of mental health and substance abuse provisions of both legislature's healthcare bills. This chart provides a summary of each bill on more than 50 issues in the topics of Insurance Market Reforms, Health Insurance Exchanges, Medicaid/CHIP, Medicaire, and issues related to the healthcare Workforce. The National Council also hosts webinar sessions to discuss developments in healthcare reform - for more information on the webinar, click here.
December 9th, 2009 - Models for Change has released a report on expensive institutional placements which finds that these placements provide no benefit over probation in reducing rates of re-arrest or self-reported offending. The report, entitled Research on Pathways to Desistance, also highlights the challenges of identifying and predicting youth who will be "persisters" versus "desisters". To read the full report, click here.
December 9th, 2009 - Dr. Eric Trupin, director of Public Behavioral Health & Justice Policy, was recently interviewed for a December 9th report by KUOW (public radio) on budget cuts within the State Department of Corrections (DOC). These budget cuts may have a detrimental effect on funding which supports re-entry programs for mentally ill offenders. Read more below:
DOC Supervision Program Vulnerable to Budget Cuts. 9 December, 2009. KUOW Public Radio.
"The shooting deaths of four Lakewood police officers have once again put a spotlight on the State Department of Corrections' (DOC) supervision of released offenders. Randy Vanzandt is a community corrections officer for the state of Washington. For the past decade he has managed some of the state's most dangerous mentally ill offenders..."
Hear the whole story on KUOW: http://www.kuow.org/program.php?id=18969
November 28th, 2009 - The first issue of the Washington State Girls Group summarizes the focus of the group (to advocate for gender-responsive programming in juvenile justice), and reports the results of a needs assessment concerning training needs in court facilities around the state. The needs assessment was a collaborative effort the Girls Group stakeholders with analyses being conducted by Sarah Walker and Kenyatta Etchison from PBHJP.
November 1st, 2009 - 22nd Annual Research & Training Center (RTC) Conference - March 1-4, 2009 - Tampa, FL
During the first week of March, several PBHJP faculty and staff traveled to Tampa, Florida where they presented on the Wraparound Process and its effectiveness in working with youth with emotional and behavioral disorders (view pdf). Also presented on was the community-based evidence approach in defining and clarifying the role of family partners within Wraparound (view pdf).
September 30th, 2009 - Report on Emotional & Behavioral Disorders in Youth (EBDY)
Eric Bruns Ph.D. and Eric Trupin, Ph.D., have been named co-editors of Report on Emotional & Behavioral Disorders in Youth (EBDY), a quarterly journal published by Civic Research Institute, Inc. The journal is sponsored by the Evidence Based Practices Institute at the Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy. Its goal is to provide user-friendly information on the latest research findings and developments in the field on addressing emotional and behavioral problems in youth, and to serve as a bridge between child mental health researchers and practitioners. For more on EBDY, including guidelines for manuscript submission and information on ordering the Report, click here.
We at Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy believe that one of the best ways to effect positive system change is through implementation of empirically supported approaches through at the regional, state, and national levels.
On the state level, the Washington Legislature perpetuates improved access and quality of mental health services to adults and children by passing ground breaking legislation to actualize these goals. It works closely with the University of Washington representatives who advise and testify on a myriad of issues regarding mental health services and evidence based practices.
Providing Education Programs for Juveniles in Adult Jails, HB 3029 & SB 6702 (Washington State) requires adult jail facilities and certain school districs to provide a program of education for certain juvenile inmates.
An Act Relating to the Use of Evidence-Based Practices for the Delivery of Services to Children and Juveniles, HB 2536 (Washington State) requires that prevention and intervention services in areas of child welfare, juvenile rehabilitation, and mental health be primarily evidence-based and research-based and be delivered in a culturally competent manner.
UPDATE (3/30/12): Engrossed Second Substitute HB 2536 has been passed and signed in both House and Senate and passed onto the Governor who signed the bill on March 30, 2012. The law will become active on June 7, 2012
The Health Information Technology Extension for Behavioral Health Services Act of 2010, HB 5040 (Federal) Amends the Public Health Service Act and the Social Security Act to extend health information technology assistance eligibility to behavioral health, mental health, and substance abuse professionals and facilities, and for other purposes.
UPDATE (4/15/10): HB 5040 is introduced and referred to Committee on Energy and Commerce and House Ways and Means.
UPDATE (3/26/10): SB 6702 has been passed and signed in both House and Senate and passed onto the Governor who signed the bill on March 26, 2010. The law will become active on June 10, 2010
Regarding School District Compliance with State and Federal Civil Rights Laws, HB 3026 (Washington State) adds specific prohibitions against discrimination in Washington public schools based on race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, the presence of any sentory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a personal with a disability..
UPDATE (3/29/10): HB 3026 has been passed and signed in both House and Senate and passed onto the Governor who signed the bill on March 29, 2010. The law will become active on June 10, 2010
Regarding Parental Involvement in the Development of Educational Programs for Children with Disabilities ("Parent Access Bill"), HB 3093 (Washington State) affords parents and parent-designated independent evaluators and educational consultants, upon request of a parent of a child with disabilities, timely access for observations of the child's current educational program and any program proposed for the child.
UPDATE (1/25/10): HB 3093 was read and referred to the House Committee on Education.
UPDATE (3/15/10): HB 3093 was reintroduced and retained in present status for the 1st Special Session of the 2010 Washington State Legislature.
The Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act/Keeping All Students Safe Act, HR 4247(HRes 1126) & SA 2860(Federal) would establish the first federal standards to protect students from misuse of restraint and seclusion and ensure the safety of everyone in the classroom. It would apply to public schools, private schools and preschools receiving federal education support.
For more information on the bill please take a look at the EdLabor Journal review: http://edlabor.house.gov/blog/2009/12/preventing-harmful-restraint-a.shtml
Take a look at a presentation from TASH member Barb Trader about the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act: http://www.thearc.org/NetCommunity/Document.Doc?id=2410
See the fact sheet about the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act from the 2010 Disability Policy Seminar: http://www.thearc.org/NetCommunity/Document.Doc?id=2348
UPDATE (12/9/09): HR 4247 was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. George Miller (CA) and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA).
UPDATE (12/9/09): HR 4247 was referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.
UPDATE (1/4/10): HR 4247 was referred to the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.
UPDATE (3/4/10): HR 4247 was referred to Senate committee and has been received in the Senate and read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
The Youth PROMISE Act (House), HR 1064 & SA 435 (Federal) will provide for evidence-based and promising practices related to juvenile delinquency and criminal street gang activity prevention and intervention to help build individual, family, and community strength and resiliency to ensure that youth lead productive, safe, healthy, gang-free, and law-abiding lives.
UPDATE (12/2/09): HR 1064 was ordered to be amended by the house subcommittee.
UPDATE (2/13/10): SA 435 was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary..
7th Generation Promise: Indian Youth Suicide Prevention Act of 2009, SA 1635, (Federal) establishes the Indian Youth Telemental Health demonstration project, to enhance the provision of mental health care services to Indian youth.
UPDATE (12/3/09): SA 1635 was ordered to be reported with amendments favorably by the Committee on Indian Affairs.
UPDATE (3/25/10): SA 1635 was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 336.
School-Based Health Clinic Establishment Act of 2009, HR 3474, (Federal) amends the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 to prevent later delinquency and improve the health and well-being of maltreated infants and toddlers through the development of local Court Teams for Maltreated Infants and Toddlers and the creation of a National Court Teams Resource Center to assist local court teams.
UPDATE (7/31/09): House Resolution 3474 was referred to House Committee on Education and Labor.
Improved Child Welfare Outcomes through Implementation of Evidence-Based and Promising Programs, HB 2106, SHB 2106, (Washington State) requires Children's Administration in one demonstration region to develop a plan for implementation of performance-based contracts to provide an array of evidence-based and promising prevention and early intervention services to children and families who are at risk for out-of-home placement.
UPDATE (7/26/09): House Bill 2106 was partially vetoed by the governor, the remaining portion of the bill becomes effective as of July 26, 2009.
Positive Behavior for Safe and Effective Schools Act, HR 2597, (Federal) will amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to allow State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and schools to increase implementation of school-wide positive behavior supports.
UPDATE (10/22/09): House Resolution 2597 was referred to House Subcommitte on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.
UPDATE (5/21/09): House Resolution 2597 was referred to House Committe on Education and Labor.
Children's Mental Health Services Bill, HB 1373, (Washington State) will improve mental health outcomes for children and the families who care for them by allowing early access to care before problems become too difficult and expensive to treat.
UPDATE (5/11/09): House Bill 1373 was signed into law by the Governer and will become effective on July 26, 2009.
Supporting Child Maltreatment Prevention Efforts in Community Health Centers Act of 2009, SA 1404, (Federal) is a bill to implement demonstration projects at federally qualified community health centers to promote universal access to family-centered, evidence-based behavioral health interventions that prevent child maltreatment and promote family well-being by addressing parenting practices and skills for families from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, racial, ethnic, and other backgrounds.
UPDATE (7/7/09): Senate Act 1404 was referred to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
School-Based Health Clinic Establishment Act of 2009, HR 3003, (Federal) establishes funding for creation of school-based health clinic programs.
UPDATE (6/23/09): House Resolution 3003 was referred to House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Healthy Transitions Act of 2009, HR 2691, (Federal) provides assistance to adolescents and young adults with serious mental health disorders as they transition to adulthood.
UPDATE (6/3/09): House Resolution 2691 was referred to House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Parent Participation Bill, SB 5141, proposes funding of a pilot program to increase parental participation in evidence-based programs by providing incentives for parents already involved in rehabilitation of their children.
UPDATE (5/11/09): Senate Bill 5141 is effectively "dead legislation" and will need to be reintroduced in a future session if it is to become eligible for consideration.
UPDATE (4/1/09): Senate Bill 5141 passed the State Senate by a margin of 46 to 0 on March 11th. The bill was passed by the House Committee on Health & Human Services on March 25th and referred to the House Committee on Health & Human Services Appropriations.
Trupin: Washington State has systematically taken legislative steps - much of it stemming from the work of the committee - to provide support for the central role of familes assuming their primary responsibility in the rehabilitation of their children. This of course...more
Children's Mental Health Services Bill, HB 1373, will improve mental health outcomes for children and the families who care for them by allowing early access to care before problems become too difficult and expensive to treat.
UPDATE (5/11/09): House Bill 1373 was signed into law by the Governer and will become effective on July 26, 2009.
UPDATE (4/29/09): House Bill 1373 made final passage of both the State Senate and House and was delivered to the Governor on April 23rd.
UPDATE (4/15/09): House Bill 1373 passed the State Senate by a margin of 41 to 3 on April 15th.
UPDATE (4/1/09): House Bill 1373 passed the State House of Representatives by a margin of 66 to 29 on March 9th. The bill was passed by the Senate Committee on Human Services & Corrections on March 30th and referred to Senate Ways & Means.
Trupin: Over the past 2 years, our State has taken significant steps in improving mental health outcomes for children and the families who care for them. This is in no small part due to legislation that has recognized the benefits of empowering both service providers and families with knowledge and skill to choose services that are both practical and effective. House Bill 1373 will greatly expand the gains...more
Mentally Ill Offender Bill, HB 1275, will allow courts to take into consideration a person's recent and past behaviors when determining whether he or she should be involuntarily committed for mental health treatment.
The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, introduced by Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA) September 15, 2008, would “connect and support relative caregivers, improve outcomes for children in foster care, provide for tribal foster care and adoption access, improve incentives for adoption, and for other purposes.” Keep an eye on the progress of H.R 6893 at the Library of Congress website.
UPDATE: H.R. 6893 has become Public Law No.: 110-351 on October 10th, 2008 after passing unanimously in both the House and Senate.
The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 “to require equity in the provision of mental health and substance-related disorder benefits under group health plans, and for other purposes.” This would improve access to mental health care, by making access to it equal to that of other types of health care in health plans. Keep an eye on the progress of H.R 6983 at the Library of Congress website.
UPDATE (4/1/09): H.R. 6983 did not reach the Senate floor and so never became law. Because this resolution was proposed in a previous session of congress, it will have to be reintroduced for debate.
UPDATE (2/6/09): H.R. 6983 passed through the House on September 23rd, 2008 and was received in the Senate for review by committee.
House Bill 1088 (2007 – 2008), which seeks to improve delivery of children's mental health services, established the Wraparound pilot program for treatment of youth and mandated the creation of the Children’s Evidence-Based Practice Institute (EBPI). See the complete history of the bill and Final Bill Report for more information. For information on the EBPI, click here.
For more detail on these and other legislation, please see the Washington Legislature website.
Senate Bill 5763 (2005 – 2006) required and funded evidence-based treatments for certain populations. A task force made recommendations including: “the legislature should require the use of evidence-based practices and promote recovery from mental illnesses[.]” The final Bill required Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), in collaboration with the University of Washington, to develop a matrix or series of matrices that were, among other things, evidence based practices. Finally, the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) was required to study the net cost of treatment vs. non-treatment of mental health and substance abuse to inform future legislative bills.
Judging Our Children. 15 December, 2009. New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/15/opinion/15lippman.html?_r=1&ref=opinion
"A new report issued by a state panel formed to investigate New York’s juvenile detention centers has found that they “fail to keep their young people safe and secure, let alone meet their myriad service and treatment needs,” and that “youth are subjected to shocking violence and abuse.” This news, which comes on the heels of a federal study that also documented squalid conditions, makes plain to the world what many of us inside the state’s justice system have been saying for years: we need a fundamental rethinking of how we respond to troubled young people." (Read More)
New York Finds Extreme Crisis in Youth Prisons. 14 December, 2009. New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/14/nyregion/14juvenile.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=juvenile%20justice&st=cse
"New York’s system of juvenile prisons is broken, with young people battling mental illness or addiction held alongside violent offenders in abysmal facilities where they receive little counseling, can be physically abused and rarely get even a basic education, according to a report by a state panel." (Read more)
Report Finds No Benefit to Sending Juvenile Offenders to Expensive Institutional Placements. 9 December, 2009. MacArthur Foundation. http://www.macfound.org/atf/cf/%7Bb0386ce3-8b29-4162-8098-e466fb856794%7D/PATHWAYSRELEASEFINAL.PDF
"As many states face budget shortfalls, a new report on youth convicted of serious offenses finds that stays in expensive institutional placements produced no measurable results. Researchers found that even among youth committing serious (often violent) offenses, a large proportion turned away from serious offending after involvement with the court and were able to live successfully in their communities..." (Read more)
DOC Supervision Program Vulnerable to Budget Cuts. 9 December, 2009. KUOW Public Radio. http://www.kuow.org/program.php?id=18969
"The shooting deaths of four Lakewood police officers have once again put a spotlight on the State Department of Corrections' (DOC) supervision of released offenders. Randy Vanzandt is a community corrections officer for the state of Washington. For the past decade he has managed some of the state's most dangerous mentally ill offenders..." (Read more)
Developmental Psychologist Says Teenagers are Different: A Conversation with Laurence Steinberg. 1 December, 2009. New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/01/
"Q: You hear parents sometimes say, 'I'm living with an insane person. My child is a teenager.' Are they being hyperbolic?
A: I'm not one of those people who labels adolescence as some sort of mental illness. Teenagers are not crazy. They're different. When it comes to crime, they are less responsible for their behavior than adults. An typically, in the law, we don't punish people as much who are less responsible. We know from our lab that adolescents are... (Read more)"
Getting 'Downstream' Treatment Dollars Diverted 'Upstream'. 1 December, 2009. Crosscut. http://crosscut.com/2009/12/01/social-services/19414/
"A class-action lawsuit would force Washington to provide "evidence-based treatment" for children with mental illnesses. The goal is to head off big problems by letting families remain together.
Last week the advocacy group Disability Rights Washington filed a class-action civil rights lawsuit against Washington State on behalf of children and youth suffering from mental illness. The complaint cites the state's failure to.." (Read more)
High Court Weighs Life Terms for Minors. 9 November, 2009. National Public Radio. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120183593
"Is it unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment to send a juvenile away to prison for life, without the possibility of parole for a crime that does not involve a death? That's the question the Supreme Court ponders Monday.
In 2005, the high court struck down the death penalty for juveniles by a 5 to-4 vote. Central to that decision was the idea that the death penalty was different from other punishments and that children are different. Now, through the lens of two cases, the justices will examine the question of life without parole in non-homicide cases." (Read more)
Should Juveniles be Sent to Jail for Life. 29 October, 2009. National Public Radio. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=114277949&ps=rs
"The Supreme Court is considering a case that could outlaw the practice of sentencing teenagers to life without parole. Former Republican United States Senator Alan Simpson and author R. Dwayne Betts have filed an amicus brief in the case. Simpson and Betts, both former juvenile offenders, tell host Michel Martin why they believe all teenagers should have a second chance.
The story of two men. One was convicted of carjacking at the age of 16; the other was a hellraiser who helped burn down a federal building, shot a cow for fun and hit a police officer after a racially charged bar fight.
Some might say those two are just no good: throw them in jail and throw away the key. And they might be right, except for the throw-away-the-key part because the first man became an accomplished writer and poet and the other a distinguished United States senator." (Read more)
Juvenile Law Center Supports Proposed Court Rules to Protect Health and Educational Needs of Youth. 29 October, 2009. Juvenile Law Center. http://jlc.org/files/proposed_rules.pdf
"Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee recently proposed two new juvenile court rules and amendments to the existing Juvenile Court Rules of Procedure to require juvenile courts to enter specific findings concerning health and education throughout the juvenile court process. If adopted, the proposed rules changes will help ensure that courts identify, monitor, and address the health care and education needs of children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. It is well documented that children in these systems have higher rates of health problems than those in the general population, yet are less likely to receive the health care they desperately need. Additionally, children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems are in educational crisis as they are more likely than their peers to be truant, repeat a grade or drop out.
Judges are uniquely positioned to ensure that all parties address these issues and order that services be provided when necessary. If the rules are adopted, parties will need to come to juvenile court prepared to discuss the child’s health care and education needs. By adding greater specificity to the court rules on health care and education, the proposed amendments will promote greater accountability throughout the system.
Juvenile Law Center will submit comments to the proposed rules and urges others to do so as well. Interested parties can submit comments on the proposals to the Rules Committee by November 9. For information on the comment process, please contact Neha Desai at email@example.com." (Read the court rules of procedure)
Juvenile Law Center Urges Federal Court to Reject Motions to Dismiss from Corrupt Judges and Luzerne County. 29 October, 2009. Juvenile Law Center. http://www.wnep.com:80/wnep-luz-corruption-hearing,0,3096396.story
"On October 28, 2009, Juvenile Law Center, together with its pro bono co-counsel from Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin, appeared in federal court to argue that U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo should deny motions to dismiss filed by former Luzerne County judges Mark A. Ciavarella and Michael T. Conahan. Juvenile Law Center and co-counsel also argued that Luzerne County was liable for the failure of the Luzerne County district attorney and public defender to intervene in the face of Ciavarella’s blatant, repeated violations of thousands of youth’s constitutional rights over a five-year period. " (Read more)
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Vacates Thousands of Juvenile Adjudications. 29 October, 2009. Juvenile Law Center. http://jlc.org/files/luzernecounty/81mm2008pco6.pdf
"Juvenile Law Center applauds the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for its extraordinary October 29 decision on behalf of thousands of Luzerne County youth. In an unprecedented opinion, the Court vacated as many as 6,500 adjudications of delinquency of youth who appeared before former judge Mark Ciavarella between 2003 to 2008. In providing relief, the Supreme Court has restored integrity to Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system and given hope to youth who suffered enormous harm at the hands of corrupt judges. The Court’s far-reaching order is an exceptional response to the most serious judicial scandal in the history of the United States. " (Read the full court opinion)
NIMH: History of Childhood Maltreatment Linked to Higher Rates of Unemployment, Poverty. 20 October, 2009. CMHS Consumer Affairs E-News. http://depts.washington.edu/pbhjp/downloads/news/CMHS%20CONSUMER%20AFFAIRS%20E-NEWS,%20OCTOBER%2020,%202009.pdf
"The long-term impacts of childhood maltreatment include higher rates of unemployment, poverty, and use of social services in adulthood, according to a new study by David Zielinski, Ph.D., of the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) Office of Science, Policy, Planning, and Communications..." (Full Article)
Reaction to Escape of State-committed Patient Stigmatizes People with Mental Illness. 24 September, 2009. The Seattle Times. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2009937015_guest25stuber.html
"It was a sad day at the Spokane Interstate County Fair last Thursday. If you were reading The Seattle Times, you would think it was because Phillip A. Paul escaped from an outing organized by Eastern State Hospital, where he is committed as a forensic (legal) patient. However, what makes this story sad to me was the misinformed and sensational reaction..." (Full Article)
The Mind of Kalebu. 22 September, 2009. The Stranger. http://www.thestranger.com:80/seattle/the-mind-of-kalebu/Content?oid=2302453
"In the 16 months before he allegedly killed Teresa Butz in South Park, Isaiah Kalebu was accused of threatening to kill his mother, investigated for a suspicious fire that killed his aunt, and warned that he needed to stay on his meds. Sealed and unsealed court documents obtained by The Stranger paint a terrifying portrait of the psyche of the suspected murderer—and reveal major loopholes in the way mentally unstable criminal suspects move through the legal system..." (Full Article)
For Longtime Captives, a Complex Road Home. 31 August, 2009. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/01/health/01psych.html?_r=1&hp
"Jaycee Dugard has suffered sexual abuse, neglect and emotional manipulation to an extent hard to imagine, according to the charges in the case involving her abduction. But therapists say the biggest challenge facing Ms. Dugard, who was found last week after 18 years in captivity, may be switching families." (Full Article)
Four youth prisons in New York used excessive force. 24 August, 2009. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/25/nyregion/25juvenile.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper
"Excessive physical force was routinely use to discipline children at several juvenile prisons in New York, resulting in broken bones, shattered teeth, concussions and dozens of other serious injuries over a period of less than two years, a federal investigation has found.
A report by the United States Department of Justice highlighted abuses at four juvenile residential centers and raised the possibility that..." (Full Article)
New York's disgrace (Editorial). 24 August, 2009. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/25/opinion/25tue1.html?ref=opinion#articleBodyLink
"The Justice Department has sued several state juvenile detention systems for subjecting children to neglect and abuse. The department is now threatening to sue New York for the same reasons, and rightly so. A recently completed federal investigation has documented unsafe and, in some cases, heartbreaking conditions in several New York state detention facilities..." (Full Article)
Mentally Ill Offenders Strain Juvenile System. 9 August, 2009. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/10/us/10juvenile.html?_r=2
"The youth, Donald, a 16-year-old, his eyes glassy from lack of sleep and a daily regimen of mood stabilizers, was serving a minimum of six months for breaking and entering. Although he had received diagnoses for psychiatric illnesses, including bipolar disorder, a judge decided that Donald would get better care in the state correctional system than he could get anywhere in his county. That was two years ago..." (Full Article)
Why Juvenile Detention Makes Teens Worse. 7 August, 2009. Time. http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1914837,00.html
"Parents have always warned teenagers against falling in with the wrong crowd, those kids they consider bad influences. Now a new study of juvenile detention in Montreal adds to the evidence that Mom and Dad may have a point. Researchers found that rather than rehabilitating young delinquents, juvenile detention - which lumps troubled kids in with other troubled kids - appeared to worsen behavior problems..." (Full Article)
Don't Shoot: A Radical Approach to the Problem of Gang Violence. 22 June, 2009. The New Yorker. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/06/22/090622fa_fact_seabrook
Don't Shoot describes the background and development of a program for crime deterence, called 'Ceasefire', which is directed towards youth who are involved in violent gangs or who themselves have violent behaviors. The program has demonstrated some great successes but at the same time, has experienced major setbacks which speak to the need for rigorous evaluation to determine the context in which the program leads to positive impacts and what, if any, long-term effects remain after Ceasefire (Full Article - requires free subscription).
A follow-up video discussing the Ceasefire project is also available on the New Yorker website.
More Costly Private Model of Foster Care could Save $6.3 Billion in Long Term. 4 June, 2009. University of Washington News.http://uwnews.org/uweek/article.aspx?visitsource=uwkmail&id=50265
"In these times ot trillion-dollar budgets and deficits, $6.3 billion may not seem like much money, but that's what the U.S. potentially could save on each group of adolescents who enter foster care every year. These savings could be achieved by using a more intensive and more costly private model of foster care"...(Full Article)
Sharing the Trials of Recovery. 21 May, 2009. The Seattle Times.http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/jerrylarge/2009244616_jdl21.html
"Tamara Johnson made a lot of mistakes. 'I'm one of those people who has to fall on my butt,' she said, explaining how she came to be a drug dealer when she should have been sitting in a classroom or working an honest job. Johnson was brought to my attention because..." (Full Article)
How Washington Put Therapy on the Menu. Prevention Action News. 14 May, 2009. http://www.preventionaction.org/prevention-news/tomorrows-story/1210
"It can be hard to get even seasoned practitioners to show much interest in individual proven programs, and, when they do, they often suffer from the zeal of the converted: they become obsessed with their discovery to the exclusion of all else. The bigger and potentially more profitable challenge is...(Full article)
A Killer at 16, and Still in California’s Juvenile Justice System Decades Later. New York Times. 25 April, 2009. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/26/us/26juvenile.html
"...Mr. Schmidt is 37, the oldest defendant ever in California’s juvenile justice system. Just 16 when he molested and drowned a 3-year-old girl while high on methamphetamine, he has been in juvenile facilities for two decades, sometimes alongside teenagers who were not yet born when he was convicted." (Full Article)
Dr. Eric Trupin, division head of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy was interviewed for the following Seattle Times editorial:
No stigma in seeking care as added stress and strain take a toll. The Seattle Times. 10 Apr. 2009. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorialsopinion/2009020620_editb12stigma.html
"People tormented by anger and resentment and acting out that despair with violence against domestic partners and family members need to know that help is available. No stigma exists in seeking help. Violent public outbursts are all the more disturbing for the general population because they cannot be explained or controlled. A productive response is to be aware of the stresses suffered by those around us, and guide them toward help..." (Full Article)
Missouri system treats juvenile offenders with lighter hand. New York Times. 28 Mar. 2009. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/27/us/27juvenile.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y
"Missouri and other states are using new approaches in the juvenile justice system to try to stem the flow of adults behind bars. Missouri managed to cut its adult population from 2005 through the first half of 2007 by applying techniques from the Missouri Model. The reforms have begun to have a national impact, with" (Full Article)
Study finds most adolescents sent to group homes still involved with drugs/crime seven years later. 19 Mar. 2009. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-03/rc-sfm031909.php
"Most adolescents referred to long-term group homes in Los Angeles County after being charged with a serious offense reported they were still involved with crime or drugs seven years later, according to a new RAND Corporation study. The bleak findings suggest there is a need to improve juvenile justice rehabilitation programs, according to the report published online by the American Journal of Public Health..." (Full Article)
US Investment in Children Held Up as Textbook Example. Prevention Action. 24 Feb. 2009. http://www.preventionaction.org/prevention-news/washington-s-investment-children-held-textbook-example-uk/1043.
"Arguments about value for money, which have persuaded US legislators to favor a portfolio of proven programs as a safe long-term investment in improving outcomes for vulnerable children, were being given an extensive airing in UK government circles this week. Source of the latest counsel is Steve Aos from the Washington State Institute for Public Policy who was in London for..." (Full article)
This report describes the proceedings of a workshop called "Defeating Language and Culture Barriers Using Evidence-Based Practices". "During the session, several experts discussed the importance and effectiveness of culturally and linguistically competent services for Latino youth who are at risk of becoming involved - or are already involved - with the juvenile justice system and how changes in juvenile justice policies, practices, and programs can ensure fairness and improved outcomes for Latino youth. For more information on this piece at Models for change, please follow this link.
Included in this report is a section that provides data, summaries and evaluation of the three child care consultation pilot projects funded by the Legislature with intent to provide child care providers with resources to help with care for infants and young children with behavioral problems. Additionally, this report contains the child care consultation pre- and post-training surveys for parents and care givers.
One component of House Bill 1088 was a request by the State Legislature for the Evidence Based Practices Institute (EBPI) to complete a report identifying innovative practices being implemented in other states. This report was designed to ascertain whether we in Washington State could benefit from strategies being developed elsewhere in improving mental health services for children.
Articles of Interest:
Barth, R., Dorsey, S., Farmer, E., Green, K., Landsverk, & Reid, J. (2008). Current status and evidence base of training for foster and treatment foster parents. Children and Youth Services Review, 30(12), 1403-1416.
Bruns, E.J. & Hoagwood, K.E. (2008). State Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice for Youth, part I: Responses to the state of the evidence. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47, 369-373.
Bruns, E.J., Hoagwood, K.E., Rivard, J.C., Wotring, J., Marsenich, L., & Carter, B. (2008). State implementation of evidence-based practice for youths, part II: Recommendations for research and policy. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47, 499-504.
Bruns, E.J., Leverentz-Brady, K.M., & Suter, J.C. (2008). Is it wraparound yet? Setting fidelity standards for the wraparound process. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 35, 240-252.
Bruns, E.J. & Walker, J.S. (Eds.) (2008). A Resource Guide to Wraparound. Portland, OR: National Wraparound Initiative, Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health, Portland State University. (Available at www.wrapinfo.org)
Dorsey, S., Elbogen, E., Farmer E., & Mustillo, S. (2008). Caseworker assessments of risk for recurrent maltreatment: Association with case-specific risk factors and re-reports. Child Abuse & Neglect, 32, 377–391.
Dorsey, S., Farmer, E., Barth, R.P., Greene, K.M., Reid, J., & Landsverk, J. (2008). Current status and evidence base of training for foster and treatment foster parents. Children and Youth Services Review, 30(12), 1403-1416.
Dorsey, S., Mustillo, S.A., Farmer, E., & Elbogen, E. (2008). Caseworker assessments of risk for recurrent maltreatment: Association with case-specific risk factors and re-reports. Child Abuse & Neglect, 32(3), 377-391.
Walker, J.S., Bruns, E.J., & Penn, M. (2008). Individualized services in systems of care: The wraparound process. In B. Stroul & G. Blau (Eds.). The System of Care Handbook: Transforming Mental Health Services for Children, Youth, and Families. Baltimore: Brookes.
Bruns, E.J., Walrath, C.M., & Sheehan, A.K. (2007). Who administers wraparound? An examination of the training, beliefs, and implementation supports for wraparound providers. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 15(3), 156-168.
Dorsey, S., Forehand, R., & Brody, G. (2007). Coparenting conflict and parenting behavior in economically disadvantaged single parent African American families: The role of maternal psychological distress. Journal of Family Violence, 22(7), 621-630.
Kinney, L.M., Bruns, E.J., Bradley, P., Dantzler, J., & Weist, M.D. (2007). Sexual assault training of law enforcement officers: Results of a statewide survey. Women and Criminal Justice, 18, 81-100.
McDonell, M.G. & McClellan, J.M . (2007). Early onset schizophrenia. In E.J. Mash & R. Barkley (Eds.), Assessment of Childhood Disorders, Fourth Edition, (pp.526-550). New York: Guilford Press.
McDonell, M.G., Rodgers, M.L., Short, R.A., Norell, D., Pinter, L., & Dyck, D.G. (2007). Clinician integrity in multiple family groups: Psychometric properties and relationship with client and caregiver outcomes. Cognitive Therapy & Research, 31(6), 785-803.
Monroe-DeVita, M., Willey, C., San Jule, J., Stark, K., & Jemelka, R. (2007). Washington State's consumer and family evaluation mini-grant program: A new more active frontier in participatory evaluation. Data Matters, August. Washington, DC: Georgetown Technical Assistance Center.
Rizvi, S., Monroe-DeVita, M., & Dimeff, L. (2007). Evaluating your dialectical behavior therapy program. In L. Dimeff & K. Koerner (Eds.), Dialectical behavior therapy in clinical practice: Applications across disorders and settings (pp. 326-350). New York: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Trupin, E.W. (2007) The mental health needs of young offenders. In C.L. Kessler and L.J. Kraus (Eds.) Evidence-based treatment for justice-involved youth; (pp. 340-367). New York: Cambridge University Press.
Bruns, E.J., Rast, J., Peterson, C., Walker, J., & Bosworth, J. (2006). Spreadsheets, service providers, and the statehouse: Using data and the wraparound process to reform systems for children and families. American Journal of Community Psychology, 38(3-4), 201-212.
Bruns, E.J., Suter, J.C., & Leverentz-Brady, K.M. (2006). Relations between program and system variables and fidelity to the wraparound process for children and families. Psychiatric Services, 57(11), 1586-1593.
McDonell, M.G., Short, R.A., Hazel, N.A., Berry, C.M., & Dyck, D.G. (2006). Multiple family group treatment for outpatients with schizophrenia: Impact on psychiatric service utilization. Family Process, 45, 359-373.
Walker, J.S. & Bruns, E.J. (2006). Building on practice-based evidence: Using expert perspectives to define the wraparound process. Psychiatric Services, 57(11), 1579-1585.
Bruns, E.J., Lewis, C., Kinney, L.M., Rosner, L., Weist, M.D., & Dantzler, J.A. (2005). Clergy members as responders to victims of sexual abuse and assault. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work, 24(3), 3-19.
Bruns, E.J., Suter, J.S., Force, M.D., & Burchard, J.D. (2005). Adherence to wraparound principles and association with outcomes. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 14, 521-534.
McDonell, M.G., Rodgers, M.L., Short, R.A., Norell, D., Pinter, L., & Dyck, D.G. (April, 2005). Measuring clinician behavior and its relationships to patient and family outcomes in a family psycho-education and support intervention for schizophrenia. International Congress on Schizophrenia Research Biennial Meeting, Savannah, GA.
Roll, J.M., & McDonell, M.G. (March, 2005). A role for contingency management in the treatment of adolescent substance use disorders. National Institute of Drug Abuse: Adolescent Substance Use Disorders Conference.
Turner, A.P., Larimer, M.E., Sarason, I.G., & Trupin, E.W. (2005). Identifying a negative mood subtype in incarcerated adolescents: Relationship to substance use. Addictive Behaviors, 30(7), 1442-1448.
Dorsey, S., Farmer, E. & Mustillo, S. (2004). Intensive home and community interventions. Child Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 13, 857– 884.
Hazel, N.A., McDonell, M.G., Short, R.A., Berry, C.M., Rodgers, M., Voss, W.D., et al. (2004). Impact of multiple-family groups for outpatients with schizophrenia on caregivers’ distress and resources. Psychiatric Services, 55, 35-41.
McDonell, M.G., & Dyck, D.G. (2004). Multiple family group treatment as an effective intervention for children suffering from psychological disorders. Clinical Psychology Review, 24, 685-706.
McDonell, M.G., Short, R.A., Berry, C.M., & Dyck, D.G. (2003). Burden in schizophrenia caregivers: Impact of family psychoeducation and awareness of patient suicidality. Family Process, 42, 91-103.
Stewart, D. & Trupin, E.W. (2003). The clinical utility and policy implications of a system-wide mental health screen of juvenile offenders. Psychiatric Services, 54, 377-382.
Trupin, E.W. & Richards, H. (2003). Seattle's mental health courts: Early indicators of effectiveness. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 26(1), 33-53.
Wasserman, G.A., Jensen, P.S., Ko, S.J., Cocozza, J., Trupin, E.W., Angold, A., Cauffman, E., & Grisso, T. (2003). Mental health assessments in juvenile justice: Report on the Consensus Conference. Adolescent Psychiatry, 42(7), 752-763.
Trupin, E.W., Stewart, D., Beach, B., & Boesky, L. (2002). Effectiveness of a dialectical behavior therapy for incarcerated female juvenile delinquents. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 7, 121-127.
For an archive of past events, presentations, and trainings, please go to our "Past Events" page