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Editorial: Don't sideline Juvenile and Family Justice Center

The Seattle Times February 18, 2015

The proposed Juvenile and Family Justice Center will provide a better place for young people in trouble and for their families. The City of Seattle needs to help King County get it built.

King County courts step up fight for racial equality

The Seattle Times February 18, 2015

King County Court takes a hard look at juvenile justice as a step toward rooting out inequality.

Breaking The Cycle

February 18, 2015

This video describes the Family Integrated Transitions (FIT) program developed by PBHJP which addresses the issue of recidivism among youthful offenders.

Rep. Kagi’s YEAR Act moves out of committee

February 12, 2015

Today, the House Early Learning & Human Services (ELHS) Committee voted the Youth Equity and Reintegration Act (YEAR)out of committee – a big step forward for disadvantaged youth everywhere.

The Dear Colleague Letters-Complying with US Special Education and Civil Rights Laws

Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA), in partnership with the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS) February 4, 2015

This webinar will focus on the three Dear Colleague Letters released on Dec. 8, 2014 by the US Departments of Education and Justice: (a) the letter clarifying Pell Grant Eligibility, (b) the letter regarding compliance...

New Research on State Use of Evidence-Based Behavioral Health Treatments

February 4, 2015

In December 2014, PBHJP Associate Professor Eric J. Bruns presented at the National Institutes of Health Dissemination and Implementation Conference on trends in state use of research and evidence in implementing behavioral health EBPs. Presenting on behalf of a team that included PBHJP faculty Suzanne E.U. Kerns and Michael D. Pullmann, PBHJP staff Spencer Hensley, and collaborators Kimberly...

2015 MST-FIT training for the UK

January 15, 2015

 Teams from Leeds and Northamptonshire County participated in a 4 day kickoff to launch the start of the transitional program for young persons returning from care.  

Foster Care Clinic Provides Support for Families

UW Medicine Health January 6, 2015

Read about the UW Medicine Foster Care Clinic at Harborview Medical Center and Dr. Georganna Sedlar's involvement.

DBHR Funds New Triple P Demonstration Project

December 29, 2014

The Division of Behavioral Health and Recover (DBHR) of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is partnering with the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to develop a multi-tiered system of supports for the promotion and prevention of children’s mental health in Tacoma/Pierce County spanning primary care,...

Kids and Jails, a Bad Combination

The New York Times December 29, 2014

Despite reforms, there are still too many juveniles behind bars, sometimes for offenses like skipping school or violating curfew.

Could private investors spur new, better social services?

UW Health Sciences "NewsBeat" December 3, 2014

Dr. Eric Trupin was interviewed by Michael McCarthy from UW Health Sciences "NewsBeat" about social impact bonds. "UW profs advocate for model that bases funding decisions in scientific rigor and business rationale." 

Dr. Sarah Walker a panelist for Washington DC Congressional Briefing on effective behavioral health treatments for youth involved in the juvenile justice system

October 27, 2014

On October 22nd, Dr. Sarah Walker participated in briefings for the House of Representatives and Senate on a Vera Institute sponsored Congressional Briefing, Meeting Their Needs: Identifying and Treating Youth with Behavior Health Disorders. Dr. Walker highlighted Washington State’s experience with funding and evaluating evidence-based programs in juvenile justice along with more...

MST-Family Integrated Transitions Program

October 13, 2014

Imagine being the parent of an out of control 15 year old…who breaks your rules, steals from you, uses drugs, and threatens you with physical harm.  You love your child, but at the same time are at the breaking point.  Your efforts to obtain help have been what you hoped for- your son went to someone who told him that his problems had more to with you and you were to blame; a family...

NIJ Invests $63 Million in School Safety Research

October 3, 2014

The National Institutes of Justice has announced a $1.5 million award to a partnership between the Puget Sound Educational Service District, researchers at the University of Washington, and the King County Mental Health Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division to develop and test a process to help schools make data-driven decisions to prevent school violence. The UW researchers include...

PBHJP Spotlight

September 16, 2014

Housed within the UW Evidence Based Practice Institute, the Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT) is dedicated to supporting state and local systems of care across the U.S. to achieve the best outcomes possible for youth with serious and complex needs. A key member of WERT, Hattie Quick, MSW, has worked on many grants and research projects all over the country. Increasingly, however,...