The 2005 Washington State Legislature directed the Institute to examine the following questions:
Can evidence-based treatment for people with mental health and chemical dependency disorders save money for state and local governments?
Viewed more broadly, do total benefits outweigh total costs?
The specific assigned task is to project state and local fiscal savings and other impacts of evidence-based treatments for those with chemical dependency disorders, mental illness, or both. This interim report summarizes the research approach and work currently underway. A final report will be presented to the Legislature by June 30, 2006.