Children and Youth Multisystem Care Coordinator, this role will serve as a state lead addressing complex cases on children and youth in crisis. Working in collaboration with the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), Health Care Authority (HCA), Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), and the Office of Financial Management (OFM), this position will also recommend the best and most appropriate use of state resources to accomplish this critical mission. For more information, please see the recruitment for this position in the Governor’s Office: Children and Youth Multisystem Care Coordinator. Closing date 10/29/2023
Call for Nominations:
HELP NAMI WASHINGTON HONOR MENTAL HEALTH CHAMPIONS! Many people throughout the State of Washington labor long hours, in a variety of ways, with little recognition to further the mission of NAMI. While it is nearly impossible to single out only a few stars from our band of dedicated volunteers, advocates, and supporters, we would like your help in finding some stellar folks to honor. Using our linked nomination form, please be detailed in why you think your nominee should be honored with a state-wide award! The NAMI Washington Award Ceremony will be held virtually on December 14, 2023. Nomination form can be found here.
UW SMART Center – Seeking Mental Health Clinicians:
UW SMART Center is seeking school-based mental health clinicians working with diverse youth. The University of Washington’s School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center is recruiting school-based mental health clinicians to participate in a research project about equitable delivery of evidence-based services for Black and/or Latinx youth in middle and/or high school. Participating clinicians will receive free trainings and consultation, earn CE credits, and up to $450 in study incentives. For more information and to find out if you or your school-based program is eligible, click here: https://redcap.link/vibrantenrollment
Elementary School Staff – Input needed!
OSPI and UW Forefront Suicide Prevention (Forefront) are collaborating to learn more about mental health supports for elementary-age students. Recognizing diverse needs across the state, OSPI and Forefront are seeking valuable input from elementary school staff. Participating in the survey will help provide insight into existing supports and barriers to accessing mental health services. If you’re interested in providing information about your experiences, please take the survey by October 20th, 2023. Take the Survey Here: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/7350261/ES-Suicide-Prevention-Needs-Assessment-Survey
WRAP-EM is conducting an initiative to address the ongoing crisis of youth mental health surge within emergency departments.
This initiative is focused on providing support to emergency departments (and associated partners) in their mitigation and management of the significant mental health surge from pediatric populations. These would include, but not be limited to, topics of mental health boarders who have a broad category of issues leading to mental health crises, including acute trauma, suicidal ideation, and attempts, neurological or developmental disorders, significant disruptive and aggressive behaviors, and the kids with “nowhere else to go”. This initiative will include both a listening session (September 26th) and a solution-focused webinar (November 8th) which will feature subject matter experts across the country to address specific challenges, provide tools and resources, and answer questions from attendees. This will take a broad perspective, to include the continuum of care leading up to referral to the emergency department (ED), the ED experience, and ED disposition – in addition to addressing this challenge via insights and tools from policy, strategic/systems, and clinical lenses. Register for the November 8th webinar from 8am-5pm by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suicide Prevention Resource center encourages you to utilize the regularly updated data on the magnitude and patterns of suicidal behavior by race, mental health condition, sex, geography, age, ideation vs attempts, and more here.
5 years renewed investment for mental health services in tribal schools. Learn about how they are providing culturally relevant services with students, staff, and by and from Native providers and contractors.
Mental Health American
honors BIPOC Mental Health month with resources, data, and tool kits here
SAMHSA releases a new report on LGBTQ+ behavioral health
with information from the 2021 and 2022 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health. Read more here.
Vicarious Trauma and Teen signs –
what is it and what to look for? Read more here.
released: 2023 Evidence- based mental health services for youth and children in WA State from Health Care Authority.
Worried about someone?
Newport’s short article provides practical ways to voice your supports for their mental health.
Input needed! Family Initiated Treatment (FIT) Access survey is live
Provide your feedback HERE for this critical program in WA.
Happy PRIDE! Here’s some ways to support PRIDE month!
Newport shares a checklist of what to watch for to identify dangerous behaviors and mental health warning signs.
How a 950-mile bike ride is helping
Cherokee youth reclaim their history. PBS reports
Recordings and slides available for all sessions focused on MTSS and Implications for School Mental Health
Healthy Youth Survey 2023
is coming- what it is and what it tells us about youth mental health in Washington state.
The signs to look for in eating disorders for teen boys.
New term, who’s this? “Digital Immigrant”
The “no wrong door” clinic ‘open to everyone
regardless of severity of need or insurance status, and care will be available 24/7 with no appointment required.
Read more about the 24hr Crisis Response Center coming 2024.
Say Cheese for Advocacy!
Kids Mental Health WA joined NAMI with over 80 advocates to meet with over 100 legislators to lobby for systemic reform and support.
What is digital self-harm and what can parents do?
Read more here.
You’ll see a familiar KMHWA webinar speaker on A Mindful State
– see Tovah talk about her work educating educators, working with parents being treated unfairly in school systems, and how she connects with families. You’ll also find other expert advice, personal stories, resources, and tools.
March is Self-harm awareness month.
What the data tells us, what to look for, and what to do. Learn more here.
can provide low-income families up to $250 per child in your household. Learn more on eligibility and how to apply.
93 percent of cyberbullying victims
reported negative mental health effects, primarily feelings of sadness and hopelessness.’ Learn how to help here.”
College admissions time is here –
but how do you navigate teen rejection depression? Real time ways here.
Removal of DATA Waiver (X-Waiver) Requirement –
Read more about changes to Law changes updates Opioid Use Disorder prescribing practices here.