Inventory for Promising, Evidence-based, and Research-based Practices (HB2536)

Principal Investigator: 
Eric Trupin, Ph.D.
Funding Source: 
State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)
HB 2536 was passed unanimously in the Washington State Legislature in 2012. The bill’s chief sponsors were Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson in the House and Sen. Jim Hargrove in the Senate.
Project Period: 
July 2012 - ongoing
Project Contact: 
Joe Avalos, Washington State DSHS, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery
Greg Endler, Washington State DSHS, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery
Project Summary: 

For a full list of the current inventory of Evidence-Based, Research-based, and Promising Practices in Washington State, please click here.

Promising Practices

The promising practices application encourages innovation, recommends new Promising Practices for the Inventory of Evidence-based, Research-based, and Promising Practices, and allows applicants’ access to the UW technical assistance available as part of the HB 2536 implementation. It is the goal of all of the partners responsible for maintaining the Inventory to support and engage community providers in a process that results in better outcomes for ALL children and families in Washington, through provision of the highest quality services for ALL of these clients.

Please click here to access  the Promising Practices application. The next inventory update is available below.

Technical/Implementation Assistance

EBPI provides technical assistance to identified programs through an Evaluation course, PBSCI 580, at the University of Washington. The goal is to prepare prioritized practices to be more attractive candidates for external grant funding or DSHS research support through the development of logic models, preliminary data, and grant writing.

We are currently working on developing an implementation model for EBP’s. For more information please contact or access the application here.

Cultural Competency and Tribal Engagement

EBPI is committed to ensuring culturally competent practice in the delivery of evidence based programs and is working with DSHS to develop strategies for implementing evidence based practices among racially and ethnically diverse communities. EBPI continues to engage stakeholders working within these minority groups as a part of this development process.

HB 2536 – DIGEST

Requires the Department of Social and Health Services, and other state agencies that administer funds related to juvenile offenders or the prevention, treatment, and care of recipients of children's mental health services or child welfare services, as applicable, to expend state funds on: (1) Juvenile justice programs or programs related to the prevention, treatment, or care of juvenile offenders that are evidence-based; (2) Children's mental health programs or programs related to the prevention, treatment, or care of recipients of children's mental health services that are evidence-based; and (3) Child welfare programs or programs related to the prevention, treatment, or care of recipients of child welfare services that are evidence-based. Requires the department of social and health services, in collaboration with the state institute for public policy and the University of Washington evidence-based practice institute, to redirect existing funding resources as necessary to coordinate the purchase of evidence-based services and the development of a workforce trained to implement evidence-based practices.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Goal 1: Define “evidence based practice”, “research based practice”, and “promising practice”. Inventory and categorize current treatment methods.
  • Goal 2: Conduct a baseline assessment for evidence based practice services currently available.
  • Goal 3: Make recommendations for improvement of access to evidence based practices.
  • Goal 4: Develop implementation strategies to enhance diverse populations in utilizing culturally adapted evidence based practices.
  • Goal 5: Develop a strategy for the use of unified and coordinated case plans and monitoring and evaluation on the organizational, community, and state levels.
  • Goal 6: Identify components of evidence based practices for which federal matching funds might be claimed and seek such matching funds to support implementation of recommendations.

Partners and Collaborators

Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP)
Council on Juvenile Justice
Department of Social and Human Services
Washington State Racial Disproportionality Advisory Committee
Regional Washington Association of Juvenile Court Administrators

King County Coalition for Racial Disproportionality
Health Care Authority
Child Mental Health Systems of Care Planning Committee
Children, Youth, and Family advisory Committee
Partners for our Children
Center for Children and Youth Justice
King County Prosecutors Office
Casey Family Foundations
Washington State Community Mental Health Council
Asian Counseling and Referral Services
Institute for Family Development
Seattle Children’s Hospital, Odessa Brown Clinic
Tulalip Tribe
Jamestown Tribe
Indian Policy Advisory Committee

Kitsap Mental Health Services

Jefferson County Mental Health Services

Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic Behavioral Health Services

Children’s Home Society

Compass Health

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

United for Youth

Behavioral Health and Child Welfare
Additional Reports: 

Access the January 2014 Report and Inventory of Evidence-Based, Research-Based and Promising Practices Published

Access the January 2013 Report and Inventory of Evidence-Based, Research-Based and Promising Practices Published

Access the September 2012 Report and Inventory of Evidence-Based, Research-Based and Promising Practices Published