"Bills to keep most juvenile records confidential, to require attorneys for foster kids in court, and to track homeless students are on their ways to becoming laws. Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign all three bills."
Racial-Ethnic Fairness Resource Hub
The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange has released a Racial-Ethnic Fairness section in their Resource Hub which provides information on strategies that have helped localities reduce racial disparities as well as news on the latest research, reforms and policies that have taken place across the country, best practices, and resources on reducing racial disparities and creating a more...
The hard lives — and high suicide rate — of Native American children on reservations
"Indian country is being pierced by growing alarm at the sheer number of young Native Americans taking their own lives — more than three times the national average, and up to 10 times on some reservations."
State lawmakers propose more money for mental-health care
"OLYMPIA — After weeks of promising to address mental-health care, state lawmakers appear to be backing up the talk. The budget plans unveiled this week by the Republican-run Senate and the Democrat-controlled House each proposed new dollars for a mental-health-care system that has been increasingly criticized."
Serving homeless youth with a continuum of customized care
"King County's new homeless youth Initiative puts a premium on organizing providers, bundling services and personalizing delivery for a youthful clientele."
Editorial: Integrate mental health with primary care
"Integrating public mental health, chemical dependency and primary care services are a worthwhile priority for the Legislature in the remaining weeks of the session."
To seal or not to seal: WA's battle over juvenile records
"Despite three years of legislative efforts to seal juvenile arrest and conviction records (with a fourth try on deck in the current session), Washington remains one in a minority of states that releases juvenile records to the public. It has until recently been one of only three that sell these records in bulk to credit bureaus, data brokers, landlords, employers, colleges and other...
Legislature considers extending foster care to age 21
WA state legislature is considering bills to (both in the House and Senate) to extend foster care. An article by NWCN.com tells us why.
New mental-health program for kids to cost nearly $40M a year
A new mental-health program created by a legal settlement will eventually cost nearly $40 million a year and drastically change how Washington state administers services to children who qualify for Medicaid, officials have disclosed.
Details are emerging about the program, which will provide intensive in-home and community-based services for as many as 6,000 children and youth under 21...
How to achieve better mental health care for lower costs in Obamacare
"The federal passage of the Affordable Care Act, which took effect on Jan. 1, triggered the final implementation of the 2008 Mental Health Parity Act, which requires insurers to cover treatment of, say, depression just as they would cover a splint for a broken leg. The expansion of Medicaid eligibility in Washington state could further extend access to 328,000 new people. Many more may now...
Fewer Child Abuse and Neglect Victims for Six Consecutive Year
According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF), in the last six years the U.S. has seen a drop in child abuse and maltreatment.
PBHJP Job Opportunities
499 Student needed for Family Integrated Transitions program
The Family Integrated Transitions program at PBHJP is looking for enthusiastic UW undergraduates whom are seeking credit for 499 courses in psychology. This position is a 9 hour per week commitment. At PBHJP the Family Integrated Transitions (FIT) clinical and research team collaboratively administers the FIT Program to Washington State through ongoing evaluation of treatment outcomes. FIT is...
Office Assistant - Work Study preferred
Our Administrative Team is looking for a reliable, motivated and passionate student to assist with office support to the Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (PBHJP). Our Division 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...