The combined costs of foster care and juvenile incarceration are rising, and low graduation rates are leaving too many youngsters unemployable. To contain expenditures for these downstream consequences, many public and private funders are asking agencies and organizations that serve at-risk kids to improve upstream strategies.
Can science save abused, neglected kids – and money, too?
Launching a Child Welfare Training for Mental Health Professionals
The Creating Connections team piloted a training for mental health professionals in June, 2015 at the Washington Behavioral Healthcare Conference titled “Things I Wish My Therapist Knew About Foster Care: A Child Welfare Training for Mental Health Therapists.” Presenters included Barb Putnam, Children’s...
Legislature close to allowing more sealing of juvenile records
The Washington House passed a bill 95-2 Monday that would require a court to seal the record of a juvenile offender if the youth makes restitution of at least 80 percent.
Podcast: Talking neglect with at-risk experts Eric and Casey Trupin
Kids, jails a bad combination; society can do better
A King County plan to reduce reliance on jailing kids should focus everyone’s attention on helping all children thrive.
MST-FIT Training March 16-19, 2015
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp)
The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp) Learning Collaborative (LC) was originally modeled after the CBT+ Learning Collaborative, piloted by Lucy Berliner, MSW, and other faculty at the University of Washington’s Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (PBHJP). The CBT for Psychosis LC was launched in February...
Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI)
Dr. Sarah Walker joined members of the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (director: Mariko Lockhart) on a site visit to New Orleans for a violence prevention summit. The trip involved meeting members of the Ceasefire street outreach team as well as other community agencies working on violence prevention efforts in the area. The Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative began in...
PBHJP Spotlight - Dr. Nick Weiss
Dr. Nick Weiss, MD, is a newly appointed Acting Assistant Professor in our Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy.
Nick is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and an Addiction Medicine doctor. His work with us began about a year ago as a Senior Fellow; and, prior to his work here, he worked as academic psychiatrist and as a community psychiatrist in Seattle. He’s...
Editorial: Don't sideline Juvenile and Family Justice Center
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
King County Court takes a hard look at juvenile justice as a step toward rooting out inequality.
Breaking The Cycle
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
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
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
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
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.