The Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (PBHJP) is committed to improving the health and well-being of children, families, and adults served by the mental health, chemical dependency, child welfare, and justice systems. We aim to achieve this mission by implementing, supporting, and evaluating effective interventions, empirically based training, and research that addresses priority issues where empirical data significantly informs policy. We are dedicated to helping individuals and families overcome challenges by emphasizing their strengths and enhancing their skills.

The Division works closely with Federal, State and Local service systems and organizations to promote evidence-based practices or other promising practices to the unique culture of their communities and organizations, while maintaining fidelity to the model or innovation.

PBHJP has four areas of emphasis for potential research, evaluation, training, and technical assistance, with a special emphasis on evidence-based mental health services:

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Child welfare
  • Child Behavioral Health
  • Adult Behavioral Health