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Trauma–informed approach training – Partner with us!

June 10, 2019

HCA’s Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) currently has the opportunity, through federal block grant funding, to support and build on the good work organizations and agencies throughout Washington State are already doing to infuse a trauma-informed approach into healing, well-being, and recovery work with the individuals we serve.

What we’re doing

  • Funding grants with organizations that responded to the request for application to further... more

Social norms marketing guidance for CPWI providers

June 7, 2019

DBHR has released guidance for implementing and disseminating social norms marketing strategies for Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) providers. The guidance will help ensure social norms marketing campaigns are being implemented to fidelity and achieve positive outcomes. You can find the this and other communciation best... more

Healthy Youth Survey input requested - extended to May 15

May 10, 2019

The Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) Planning Committee has begun the process to review and potentially revise the HYS questions for 2020, and are requesting your input and feedback. There are multiple opportunities to provide input outlined in the attached letter. If you have questions, please contact

Drug-Free Communities grant application released, DBHR to provide support to applicants

May 8, 2019

The Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) are accepting applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 ... more

Survey for behavioral health providers and schools

April 29, 2019

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and The Health Care Authority have developed a survey in hopes to better understand the existing relationships, services and needs between schools and behavioral health (mental health and substance use disorder) treatment providers, in addition to gaining an understanding of school based services being offered.

We would be very appreciative if you could take this... more

Opioid use disorder Facebook live Q&A April 18

April 11, 2019

Do you have questions about opioid use disorder? Join HCA for a live Facebook Q&A event on April 18th from 3:00-3:30 pm with our Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Charissa Fontinos. We'll be talking about effects opioid have on the brain, why people become addicted, and effective treatment options. 

Healthy Youth Survey workshops to be held statewide

April 10, 2019

Washington State Healthy Youth Survey 2019 Workshops

  • Learn what students said about themselves, their school, family and community
  • Learn to interpret and communicate the HYS results
  • Learn how to use the HYS website and access your HYS data

Training will include small group activities. You are encouraged to bring your laptop to access your HYS data. Registration information in attached flier.


DBHR requests contractor feedback

March 28, 2019

The Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery requests current Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) contractors to join us in a discussion regarding updated contract content. Please join us for a webinar discussion on April 18, 2019 from 4-5:30 pm. More information here.

DBHR releases updated prevention services map

March 15, 2019

The Washington State Health Care Authority, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery prevention services are focused in communities and Tribes in Washington. A map of prevention services across the state has been updated to reflect Cohort 6 Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) communities.

Scholarship application for Spring Youth Forum now open!

February 20, 2019

The Spring Youth Forum is the follow-up conference to the Prevention Summit. The Forum provides youth prevention teams the opportunity to learn from others while showcasing their own education and planning skills. Youth Teams share successes and lessons learned from projects commenced during or following the previous Prevention Summits or other youth trainings. The Prevention Summit and the Spring Youth Forum work in tandem to create momentum and help... more