Behavioral Health Workforce Summit


Date: Wednesday, April 3, Spokane, WA

Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Location: The Historic Davenport Hotel

Date: Friday, April 5, Seattle, WA

Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Location: The Arctic Club Seattle

*To ensure broad coverage across the state, this summit will be offered in both places. You only need to attend one summit.


Behavioral health workforce needs are rapidly evolving in the context of health care reform and Washington State efforts for fully integrated behavioral health care. Key changes include a focus on the importance of delivering evidence-based treatments and increasing reach to deliver access to behavioral health treatment in primary care and other non-traditional settings.

The University of Washington Evidence-Based Practice Institute (EBPI), the Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions (AIMS) Center, and the Integrated Care Training Program (ICTP) are sponsoring the summits to explore opportunities for creating academic and industry partnerships to train the workforce of the future — a workforce prepared to work in integrated mental and physical healthcare environments. This collaboration is critical to increase access to effective mental health care and improve the population health of Washington residents.


  • Framing comments to understand key issues.

  • Press conference to learn about exemplary practices.

  • Opportunities to collaborate on future innovative projects.

  • Opportunities to network and learn with other stakeholders 

  • Panel and presentations of current behavioral health workforce innovation 

  • Breakout sessions to develop future innovation


Keynote Address: Suzanne Kerns, PhD

“Inspiring Innovation through Creative University and Practice Partnerships”

Dr. Suzanne Kerns will discuss opportunities and challenges in creating university and practice partnerships that ensure proven-effective treatment approaches, including the acquisition, implementation, adaptation and sustainability of evidence-based practices. 



  • Create academic and industry partnerships to train behavioral health workforce of the future.

  • Identify needs and gaps in workforce development at the graduate level and develop action plans to address them.

  • Identify curricular needs and the clinical skills required to deliver effective evidence-based practices.

  • Identify barriers to training and implementing evidence-based practice, including strategies to reduce barriers.

  • Identify policy barriers related to developing a behavioral health workforce and strategies for change.



Free for WA State Stakeholders / $250 for participants outside of WA State

*Limited $250 travel scholarships are available—until funds are exhausted. Scholarship Request Deadline: Thursday, March 21, 2019. Please click here to access request application.



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The Arctic Club Seattle - Northern Lights Dome Room

700 3rd Ave.

Seattle, Washington, 98104

Website: please click here

Phone: (206) 340-0340


Directions coming from the North:

Take the James St. exit 165A. Take a Right onto James St. Go 3 blocks and take a Right onto 3rd Avenue. Go 1 block and turn Right onto Cherry. The hotel is on the corner of 3rd and Cherry. Cherry St. is a one way and the hotel entrance will be via the far left lane.

Directions coming from the South:

Take the Dearborn St/James St exit 164A. Turn Left on James St. Go 3 blocks and take a Right onto 3rd Avenue.Go 1 block and turn Right onto Cherry.The hotel is on the corner of 3rd and Cherry.

Light Rail Directions from SeaTac:

Board Light Rail at SeaTac heading north to Seattle. Disembark at the Pioneer Square stop. Head towards the Cherry Street exit. The hotel is on the corner of Cherry and Third Avenue.


From Spokane International Airport (GEG)

  • Airport shuttle service, reservation required, fee: 25 USD (one way)

  • Estimated taxi fare: 25 USD (one way)

  • Bus service, fee: 10 USD (one way)

Driving Directions:

Exit the airport on West Airport Drive. Travel 2.7 miles and merge onto US-2 East. Keep left at the fork in the road and follow signs for I-90 E/Spokane/US-2. Merge onto I-90 E/US-2 E. Travel 2.5 miles and take exit 280 for Lincoln St. Continue straight onto W 4th Ave. Travel 0.4 miles and turn left onto S Lincoln St. Travel 0.3 miles and turn right onto W 1st Avenue. Take the first left onto South Post Street. The hotel will be on the right.

Parking (rates applied for summit attendees only):

Self-parking available near 4th and Cherry

$30 per day valet parking

Parking (rates applied for summit attendees only):

$17 per day self-park

$22 per day valet parking


For summit attendees: The Arctic Club Seattle will provide guest rooms at per diem rates at $189. Let the front desk know you are participating in the summits to receive the per diem rate.


For summit attendees: The Davenport Hotel will provide guest rooms at per diem rates, which currently are $105.00 single occupancy, $115.00 double occupancy, $125.00 triple occupancy and $135.00 quad occupancy plus applicable taxes.