In 2012, the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) utilized Mental Health Block Grant funds to partner with the University of Washington Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (UW PBHJP) and Seattle Children’s Research Institute (SCRI) to implement the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) in three low-resource, rural Prevention Redesign Initiative (PRI)- funded communities in Washington State: Othello, Omak, and Ocean Beach School District.
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.
The purpose of the Comprehensive Community Supports for Children and their Families Program, also known as the Community Mental Health Initiative or CMHI, is to provide Federal support through grants and cooperative agreements to States, political subdivisions within States, the District of Columbia, and territories to develop integrated home and community-based systems and supports for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families.
The project aims to enhance the safety, permanency and wellbeing of children and youth in foster care, ages three to seventeen years, by facilitating effective linkages to appropriate and research-based mental health services (i.e., evidence-based practices; EBPs). The emphasis will be on areas of wellbeing and family functioning intrinsic to the achievement of safety and timely permanency for children placed out-of-home.
The Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (PBHJP) has partnered with the Children’s Administration (CA) of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to oversee and administer training, coaching, and fidelity monitoring for a selected number of evidence based practices (EBPs) provided to children and families in Washington State involved in the child welfare system.
The Mental Health Statistics Improvement Program (MHSIP) Consumer Surveys measure concerns that are important to consumers of publicly funded mental health services in the areas of Access, Quality/Appropriateness, Outcomes, Overall Satisfaction and Participation in Treatment Planning.
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).