(1) Within amounts appropriated for this specific purpose, or within funding made
available by private grant or contribution, the Washington state institute for public
policy shall evaluate the department of social and health services' use of structured
decision-making practices and implementation of the family team decision-making model
to determine whether and how those child protection and child welfare efforts result
in reducing disproportionate representation of African American, Native American,
and Latino children in the state's child welfare system. The institute shall analyze the points in the system at which current data reflect
the greatest levels of disproportionality. The institute shall report its findings to the legislature and the department of
social and health services by September 1, 2010.
(2) If adequate funding is not made available through state appropriation or through
private grant or contribution to simultaneously study the impact on racial disproportionality
of both the structured decision-making process and family team decision-making model,
the institute shall first study and report on the family team decision-making model. The department of social and health services and the Washington state institute
for public policy jointly, shall:
(a) Promptly complete and execute a data-sharing agreement to comply with the department's
confidential or records requirements and to provide the institute with data and other
information necessary to conduct its evaluation; and
(b) Identify potential sources of private funding to supplement any state-appropriated
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