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We're happy to support evaluation and research activities that involve data from the Behavioral Health and Recovery Division (BHRD), provided that they meet certain requirements and policies. The BHRD Evaluation and Research Committee (ERC) reviews and approves evaluations and studies that request the use of BHRD data. The ERC assesses applications to determine:

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Submitting a Proposal

Important notes before you start

  • Separate Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval must be sought for studies involving human subjects prior to ERC approval. No work may begin with human subjects until both IRB and ERC approval is provided. Evaluations that are not research do not need IRB approval.
  • For guidance, see Research Needing IRB Approval and IRB Decision Charts.
  • Prior to submitting a proposal, contact the Evaluation and Research Committee Chair to initiate a consultation request.
  • If you are requesting identified or identifiable data from BHRD, you must also consult with the BHRD Privacy Officer prior to proposal submission.

Required materials to include with your proposal

        Review and approval

        • Applications are generally reviewed within one month of receipt, sooner when possible.
        • Within a week of review, the ERC Chair will send written communication of the committee’s decision, which may be approval, rejection or conditional approval pending modifications or IRB approval.
        • Once a project is approved, a designated committee member will be identified as a primary liaison to the researcher/evaluator for the life of the project.
        • If a project is approved, all required documents, including a finalized proposal, documentation of HIPAA and human subjects training, a signed data sharing agreement, and a signed oath of confidentiality must be submitted before any work can begin on the project and before BHRD will supply any data.
        • Approval is granted for one year, and must be renewed annually to remain current. It is the responsibility of the Investigator to submit timely renewal requests.

        Project implementation

        • No individual data provided by BHRD may be redisclosed without express BHRD permission. Any redisclosures must be documented in a Log of Disclosures.
        • Investigators must assure adherence to data privacy and security policies.
        • Should there be a data breach during the study or evaluation, contact the DCHS Privacy Officer immediately.
        • While study/evaluation design and methodology of the project results are the responsibility of the project researcher/evaluator, BHRD requests immediate notification (at the same time that the IRB is notified and before any more data is accessed) in the event of significant protocol changes, protocol changes that impact how BHRD data is collected, used or disclosed, or any adverse unforeseen events throughout all phases of the project. This specifically refers to any events that would have to be reported to the IRB that approved the protocol.
        • At the end of the project, please submit a Certification of Data Disposition form.
        • A final report and a copy of publications should be provided to the Evaluation and Research Committee at the conclusion of the project.

        Plans and Reports

        King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division produces a number of annual, quarterly and special reports. Please contact us for more information on archived reports.

        List of BHRD Plans and Reports

        King County produces regular reports on numbers served by age and ethnicity, types of services provided, and outcomes of those services.

         2016 Mental Health Year End Report Card

         2015 Mental Health Year End Report Card

        Contact BHRD for reports prior to 2015.

        Each biennium, King County initiates a treatment service planning process and prevention services needs assessment. The process results in a document intended to advise the county on local and substance abuse policy and guide expenditures on chemical dependency treatment and substance abuse prevention services. The plan covers a six year period - July 2007 through June 2013.

        Documents include:

        • 2007 Six Year Strategic Plan
        • Appendix 1: King County Sub-Regional Analysis
        • Appendix 2: Healthy Youth Data Analysis
        • Appendix 3: King County Strategic Plan Data
        • Appendix 4: Washington's Outpatient Services Extended Rate Study
        • Appendix 5: 2013 Provider Networks
        • Appendix 6: Other Sources

        Contact BHRD for more information on these documents.

        This report provides information on program and demographic data for people served in King County's substance abuse system.

        • 2015 Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Performance Indicator Report
        • 2014 Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Performance Indicator Report
        • 2013 Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Performance Indicator Report
        • 2012 Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Performance Indicator Report
        • 2011 Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Performance Indicator Report
        • 2010 Chemical Dependency Performance Indicator Report
        • 2009 Chemical Dependency Performance Indicator Report
        • 2008 Chemical Dependency Performance Indicator Report

        Contact BHRD for more information on these documents.

        • Transitions from Highly Supported Permanent Supported Housing - September 2011
        • South King County Housing First Program for Chronically Homeless Single Adults - August 2011
        • Begin at Home: Plymouth on Stewart - August 2010
        • Begin at Home: Simons Senior Apartments - February 2010

        Contact BHRD for more information on these documents.

        • Impact of Supported Housing on Acute Care and Jail Utilization - June 2013

        Contact BHRD for more information on these documents.

        • Offender Reentry Plan - March 2011

        Contact BHRD for more information on these documents.

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