The Evidence Based Practice Institute conducts research on topics to advance the use of evidence-based practice in public mental health settings.


STAY Evaluation

STAY is a brief intervention for families with adolescents experiencing disruptive behaviors and/or additional co-morbid diagnosis’. EBPI is currently conducting a comparative evaluation of the STAY training at a partner agency. 

Incorporating Evidence Based Practices in WISe

EBPI is working to produce a report with recommendations for how to increase the EBP rate in WISe intensive services. We are using a mixed methods approach to data from clinicians, care coordinators, parent and family partners and administrators. 

Pilot Performance Monitoring Project

With support from the Department of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR), EBPI is leading a pilot study on streamlining monitoring and support options for improving client outcomes in children’s mental and behavioral health in Washington State.

Past Project

Advancing the state-level tracking of evidence-based practices: a case study

EBPI presented Washington State’s strategy for monitoring the use of clinical elements at the session level for all Medicaid-funded children’s mental health services as a case study of advancing the state-level tracking of evidence-based practices. This article concludes that the strategy developed in Washington State is a feasible method of collecting session-level information about the use of effective mental health practices. This paper is published on the International Journal of Mental Health Systems and presented at the 2018 NIMH Mental Health Services Meeting.

Gaps Analysis for Research / Evidence-Based Treatment for Children's Public Mental Health in Washington State

In 2012, House Bill 2536 required the child serving agencies of the Department of Social and Health Services to document baseline data regarding the use and availability of evidence-based and research-based practices (R/EBPs) in Washington State. In response, the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR), conducted a survey of children’s mental health agencies to obtain a statewide count of these programs to establish a baseline for subsequent reporting years. This report extends the 2012 survey findings and reports on the treatment needs of youth in the public mental health system, the distribution and capacity of R/EBPs around the state to meet these needs, and the gap between need and capacity using a Geographic Information Systems (GIS)  approach.  


Preliminary Estimate of Costs Associated with Implementing Research and Evidence-Based Practices for Children and Youth in Washington State

This report was funded by the Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, through HB1088 and the Evidence Based Practices Institute. The purpose of the project is to provide more accurate guidance about the costs associated with delivery of Evidence-Based Practices for children and youth in Washington State. This report includes information about the study goals, methods, and preliminary results