The Division of Public and Behavioral Health and Justice Policy is contracted to evaluate the efforts of the King County Superior Court’s Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) program as they work to build awareness of child trafficking and improve response to and services for CSEC. Children referred to this program are provided with an outreach coordinator who develops a multi-disciplinary team to collaboratively address the child’s needs.
Behavioral Health and Child Welfare
The University of Washington Workforce Development Task Force was created by the Evidence Based Practice Institute. This initiative has two goals: 1) preparing University of Washington graduate students in service fields to provide and support evidence based practices (EBP’s) for children’s mental health (CMH) when they graduate to the workforce in WA State; and 2) enhance opportunities for community- and University-based professionals to learn about different EBPs, best practices, and novel directions of the field of children’s mental health.
In 2013, the SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services awarded a four-year Cooperative Agreement to Washington State to improve the behavioral health outcomes of children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families.
In 2007 the Washington State Legislature passed House Bill 1088 which established the Evidence Based Practice Institute (EBPI).