ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy

Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy

The mission of the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy in the College of Public Service & Community Solutions is to improve practices, program implementation, and policies of human service systems that support families and individuals. The center engages in services research, policy analysis, workforce enhancement, program development and evaluation.

Under the leadership of Director Michael Shafer, a professor in the School of Social Work, the center helps ensure that the behavioral health of community is being addressed in a coordinated and comprehensive way, recognizing the interplay between behavioral health, child welfare, crime and housing. Drawing on extensive research and evaluation, the center staff works to ensure that public policy and programs are grounded in scientific or evidence-based approaches that respond to the needs and voices of the families and children served by community programs.