SSW's Institute Earns Grant from Washington State


The Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the School of Social Work has received a nearly $80,000 award from Washington State's Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. Suzanne Fields is the Principal Investigator of the award.

The award supports the State of Washington to meet its obligations under the TR Settlement agreement to provide all medically necessary services to Medicaid eligible children under the federal EPSDT (Early, Periodic, Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment) requirement. We are providing consultation and technical assistance in the following areas:

  1. Financial strategies to support and sustain services including design and implementation of a best practice service array, federal state plan amendments, and negotiations with CMS.

  2. Development and implementation of strategies to increase provider network access and capacity, including workforce strategies to recruit and retain personnel

  3. Addressing the needs of Specialized Populations- identification and implementation of strategies to support needs of high priority underserved populations including but not limited to persons from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, rural communities, youth experiencing homelessness, LGBTQIA, emerging adults, and persons with co-occurring SUD including research, identification of best practice examples, review/development of policies, quality metrics, and training to support underserved populations.

  4. Design and implementation of system evaluation, quality management plan, selection and use of data metrics and system-wide data use plan to promote quality and system improvement

  5. Enhance system partnerships & system level coaching infrastructure with sister agencies including coordination, enhancing policy and protocols, and system level coaching to advance policy infrastructure

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