Children’s Mental Health

We focus on improving service delivery and outcomes in children’s mental health including youth between the ages of 0-17, their families and social networks. Our primary focus is supporting the implementation and monitoring of quality psychosocial services within mental health service systems.


evidence synthesis

We conduct reviews of existing evidence products, such as published peer review articles, books, clinical guidelines and commissioned evaluations, to develop recommendations for policymakers on topics of interest in the areas of child and adolescent mental and behavioral health. This includes our annual update of outcome metrics for the reporting of effective psychosocial interventions, systematic reviews, and our collaboration with the Washington State Institute of Public Policy to update the Inventory of Evidence-Based, Research-Based and Promising Practices




EBPI partners with Washington State Health Care Authority and the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (HCA/DBHR) to develop policy solutions to research translational challenges. Over the past four years, EBPI has focused on developing a Reporting Guide to assist providers in accurately reporting and documenting the use of evidence-based practices. The Reporting Guide is available here.

In addition to identifying the formulas for monitoring research and evidence-based practices (R/EBPs) through billing codes, EBPI has developed a regional EBP performance report to track state, BHO and individual provider-level EBP rates which can be viewed by clicking here. Parallel to this effort, EBPI is also actively seeking feedback on data accuracy and identifying challenges of EBP reporting. 

As five regions will be transitioning to Managed Care Organizations, the Health Care Authority (HCA) released the Evidence-Based Practice Codes FAQ to help clarify the instructions for reporting EBPs in the new system. To access the FAQ, please click here. For more information regarding Service Encounter Reporting Instructions (SERI) Codes and Service Encounter Reporting, please contact us or visit the HCA website


system transformation

The EBPI does research and policy work focused on identifying ways to improve systems that provide youth mental health services. Examples include using electronic health record billing code data as a surveillance mechanism for receipt of youth evidenced based practice (EBP) mental health treatment services. This data is used to assess changes over time and the impact of policy changes on different regions of Washington State and individual agencies who provide these services. We are also developing an organization capacity assessment that combines regional census data and agency level data (e.g. surveys of therapist and directors) to make tailored recommendations to agencies to aid decision-making for supporting high quality children’s mental health care.


knowledge exchange

We deeply believe that research and knowledge is stronger when informed by the perspectives of all stakeholders involved in the provision and receipt of social services (consumers, employees, administrators, policymakers, researchers). We actively pursue opportunities for Knowledge Exchange, which have included sponsoring state summits focused on how to move forward more effective workforce training, incorporating consumer voice in policy products, and facilitating system codesign efforts to develop tailored plans for quality improvement