In 2007, the Washington State Legislature passed House Bill 1088 which established the Evidence Based Practice Institute (EBPI). The Institute serves as a statewide resource to promote high quality mental health services for children and youth in Washington State. EBPI collaborates with the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, the Health Care Authority, Behavioral Health Organizations, community stakeholders and family and youth advocacy. Early in our history, the EBPI focused primarily on the workforce development of trainees and community providers through training and consultation. As the Institute evolved, we found that we could have a wider impact by focusing our efforts on supporting the decision making of policymakers, administrators and providers through policy, communications and capacity planning activities. We continue to enthusiastically support the efforts of other centers to support direct training and consultation through partnership and making connections between trainers, experts, practice and policy.
Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of children. We accomplish this mission by collaborating with our policy and practice partners to conduct research syntheses, co-develop policies and programs and build organizational capacity.
The annual report from University of Washington School of Medicine’s Evidence Based Practice Institute (EBPI) will ensure the Legislature has the information it requested regarding the efforts and impacts of EBPI and its efforts to obtain funding other than state general funds. In addition to the efforts to obtain grant funding the report describes efforts by EBPI in four major areas of emphasis:
• Training and technical assistance to mental health providers on the use of evidence-based practices;
• Research into the use of evidence-based practices in Washington;
• Policy to improve use of evidence-based practices;
• Ongoing development of a University workforce initiative to support training on the use of evidence-based practices by mental health clinicians in training.
Click here to read the full EBPI FY 19 Annual Report