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. The federal “Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Families” program is intended to support the provision of mental health and related recovery support services to children with serious behavioral health needs along with the implementation of systemic changes in policy, financing, services and supports, training and workforce development.
Washington State’s specific goals for its System of Care Expansion Grant are to: (1) Expand and increase the sustainability of an effective voice and meaningful leadership for families, youth and system partners; (2) Align funding to strengthen interagency collaboration and develop sustainable financing for intensive home- and community-based services for youth and families; (3) Establish systems of care as the mainstream delivery system to serve youth and their families; (4) Develop a workforce that will operationalize SOC values that can operationalize system of care values and ensure high quality implementation of the elements of the system of care framework in Washington State; and (5) Build a strong data management system to inform decision making and track outcomes.
The University of Washington Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (UW PBHJP) is a core partner and subcontractor of Washington State’s SOC Expansion Grant. UW PBHJP’s specific roles in the grant are to:
- Provide workforce development support for Washington’s statewide rollout of Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe);
- Develop and pilot test a quality assurance (QA) plan for wraparound expansion statewide;
- Participate in managing the Washington State Children’s Behavioral Health Data and Quality (DQ) team, including the Children’s Behavioral Health Statewide Performance Evaluation initiative;
- Provide consultation, technical assistance, and training to the Washington State Systems of Care (SOC) Project teams and relevant subgroups; and
- Conduct an evaluation of the Washington State family and youth peer support curriculum and training academy.