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
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.
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.
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).