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4 Ways Implementation Support Centers Assist in the Delivery of Evidence-Based Programs

July 18, 2017

New Journeys Network Kicks Off Demonstration Sites

July 25, 2016

Recently, the University of Washington’s Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (PBHJP), along with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) spearheaded a “Kick Off” event for two new Demonstration Sites to the New Journeys Network. New Journeys is the name...

Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC)

Implementation Science, Vol 11, Suppl 1 July 22, 2016

It is well documented that the majority of adults, children and families in need of evidence-based behavioral health interventionsi do not receive them [1, 2] and that few robust empirically supported methods for implementing evidence-based practices (EBPs) exist. The Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC) represents a...

Administrative Assistant

May 26, 2016

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences currently has an outstanding opportunity for an Administrative Assistant A. 


Manager of Program Operations

May 26, 2016

In collaboration with Director of the Division of Public Behavioral Health & Justice Policy (PBHJP), the Manager of Program Operations manages the day-to-day administrative and financial operations of a multi-faceted Division within the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.  PBHJP (...

Presentation at the 2016 UW Undergraduate Research Symposium

May 26, 2016

The Washington State Triple P Initiative team would like to congratulate Marissa Bruno and Dominick Canady on their oral presentation about whether service sector matters for enhancing Triple P practitioner self-efficacy in the delivery of the Triple P Positive Parenting Program at this year’s Undergraduate Research Symposium.  

Dr. Eric Bruns in New Zealand

December 10, 2015

Dr. Eric Bruns recently traveled to New Zealand to do an overview of Wraparound training with the Ministry of Education Facilitators, followed by an overview seminar for representatives from the Ministries of Finance, Health, and Child and Family Services.  Between sessions Dr. Bruns was treated to a traditional haka (war dance) by many local...

PBHJP Faculty & Staff Attend 2015 MST Partners Conference

October 21, 2015

The 2015 MST Network Partner Conference was held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. PBHJP's Joshua Leblang and Dr. Eric Trupin attend a collaborative dinner with (L-R) Molly Brunk, Laurie Spivey, and Tina Schleicher.  

This conference is designed for staff currently working with one...

UW professors join steering committee to tackle racial disparity in juvenile justice

The Daily August 26, 2015

Two UW faculty members, Dr. Eric Trupin, director and vice chair of the psychiatry and behavioral science department, and Dr. Heather Clark, an anthropology professor, will join 30 others to help implement potential solutions to this disparity.

Can science save abused, neglected kids – and money, too? June 30, 2015

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.

Launching a Child Welfare Training for Mental Health Professionals

June 24, 2015

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...

Legislature close to allowing more sealing of juvenile records April 14, 2015

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

Crosscut April 7, 2015

Kids, jails a bad combination; society can do better

The Seattle Times April 2, 2015

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

March 18, 2015

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp)

July 27, 2017

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) is an individualized, first-line intervention for adults with schizophrenia and other serious mental illness (...

Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI)

March 10, 2015

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...

PBHJP Spotlight - Dr. Nick Weiss

March 3, 2015

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...

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)...

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...

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...

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...

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...

PBHJP Spotlight - Hattie Quick

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...

Free Training Opportunity in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

September 5, 2014

Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress (HCSATS) is looking for strong candidate who wants to become an agency affiliated mental health therapist who will volunteer their time to participate in a one-on-one training and consultation opportunity in PCIT.  Provider must be a Master Level provider with a mental health background...

Exploring Solutions Together – The Issue of Racial and Ethnic Disproportionality in FDCs

August 20, 2014

PBHJP faculty, Dr. Michael Pullmann, along with collaborators Jill Murphy and Teresa Anderson-Harper from the King County Family Treatment Court, presented a webinar for Children and Family Futures about their work to assess and address racial and ethnic proportionality in access, treatment, and outcomes for families in the treatment court.

AF-CBT Learning Collaborative in Washington State

August 5, 2014

The UW Evidence-Based Practice Institute supported an AF-CBT training on July 21-23, 2014 for mental health agencies throughout Washington State. AF-CBT is an intervention that helps families and their children ages 5-17 when there has been violence in the family. It is intended to improve the relationship between the child and caregiver,...

Starcia Ague on Evening Magazine

July 8, 2014

Starcia Ague, PBHJP Collaborator, was featured on King5's Evening Magazine on July 7, 2014 about her new appointment to the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice!

Dr. Sarah Walker National Association of Counties Webinar Presentation

June 26, 2014

Dr. Sarah Walker, PBHJP Faculty, presented in a webinar for the National Association of Counties (NACo) on "Improving Juvenile Justice by Engaging Familes" on June 26, 2014

Dr. Eric Bruns' presentation at the National Research Council/Institute of Medicine workshop

July 1, 2014

Dr. Eric Bruns, PBHJP Faculty, participated in the National Research Council/Institute of Medicine (IOM) workshop on Harvesting the Scientific Investment in Prevention Science to Promote Children’s Health on June 16, 2014 where he presented on promoting uptake of Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) in state systems.

The webcast and...

Kids In Juvenile Detention Face Risk Of Violent Death As Adults

NPR June 20, 2014

Delinquent children are much more likely than their nondelinquent peers to die violently later in life, a study finds. And girls who ended up in juvenile detention were especially vulnerable, dying at nearly five times the rate of the general population.

'Burning Down The House' Makes The Case Against Juvenile Incarceration

NPR June 11, 2014

Nell Bernstein's new book, Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison, takes an in-depth look at juvenile incarceration. The journalist has spent years covering the juvenile justice system, and has interviewed hundreds of young people in detention facilities.

Wrap+MAP Training in North Sound Washington

June 10, 2014

In May, Eric J. Bruns, Ph.D., and PBHJP staff worked with consultants from PracticeWise LLC, to train clinicians in Washington State’s North Sound region (Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish counties) on how to implement evidence-informed clinical care within the context of the individualized...

CDC Launches Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers

May 23, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just came out with a series of FREE positive parenting tip materials! They were reviewed by Lucy Berliner’s shop and are really great resources for practitioners and families!

Dr. Michael Pullman's presentation to the WA Supreme Court

May 21, 2014

PBHJP's own Mike Pullman made a presentation to the WA Supreme Court yesterday (May 20, 2014) on his work and findings from the WA State Disproportionate Minority Contact Assessment 

Here is the link to the Washington State Supreme Court Symposium...

The Next Juvenile Justice Reform

The New York Times April 25, 2014

Research has long shown that locking up young people puts them at greater risk of dropping out of school, joining the unemployment line and becoming permanently entangled in the criminal justice system.

New DMC Policy Brief on Status Offenses

Coalition for Juvenile Justice April 17, 2014

CJJ recently released the second policy brief in our Emerging Issues series, entitled "Disproportionate Minority Contact and Status Offenses." The brief examines the data deficit on disproportionality among status offenders and the implications for juvenile justice reform. The brief was released as a follow up to the National Standards for...

New mental-health program for kids to cost nearly $40M a year

Seattle Times December 28, 2013

A new mental-health program created by a legal settlement will eventually cost nearly $40 million a year and drastically change how Washington state administers services to children who qualify for Medicaid, officials have disclosed.

Details are emerging about the program, which will provide intensive in-home and community-based services...

DSHS Shouldn’t Abandon Foster Care

Seattle Times December 25, 2013

A Seattle Times editorial highlights the improvements to the Washington state foster care system since the class-action lawsuit that led to the Braam settlement and the work that still needs to be done.

Launch of the Creating Connections Regional Core Training (RCT) Curriculum

April 1, 2014

On March 26th, Sue Kerns and Barb Putnam presented the first of several MH Trainings for the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence. This was the launch of the Creating Connections Regional Core Training (RCT) Curriculum in the WA State Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence on, “Mental Health: A Critical Aspect to Permanency and Wellbeing...

Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health

October 10, 2013

The Division of Public Behavioral Health & Justice Policy, located in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the University of Washington School of Medicine, will be primary partners in the operations of two national Training and Technical Assistance Centers focused on children’s behavioral health and child welfare, and in...

Inventory for Promising, Evidence-based, and Research-based Practices

October 8, 2013

The Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (PBHJP) is a component of The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Washington School of Medicine

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