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Job posting
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:

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:

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


Live Data:

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.


Native News Online reports

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.

Performance Report

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!

How to Spot Dangerous Teen Behavior During Summer Vacation

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

Missed the SMART Center Virtual Speaker Series from our Kids Mental Health WA calendar?

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.

What’s Bigorexia?

The signs to look for in eating disorders for teen boys.

New term, who’s this? “Digital Immigrant”

Experts divide on screen time limits

The White House centers mental health in the State of the Union

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.

Through March 31st: The $5 million Washington Family Relief Fund

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.


National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health presents

Talking to Youth about Police Violence, Mass Shootings, & Racism

15 most common warning signs of teen mental health issue

Red Flags in Teenage Behavior | Newport Academy Resources

Aggression, self-harm, property destruction,

and other challenging behaviors are some of the most difficult aspects of autism.
Fortunately there are Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) strategies that are effective at addressing challenging behaviors.”

Kids Mental Health WA reader resource share:

Underage Drinking and Its Dangers – Brown & Crouppen Law Firm (

Panic Attacks:

what to look for and what it means 

A recent study reveals helpful data on the

Rising rate of mental health ED visits

and revisits at children’s hospitals.” Read more (hyperlink These Patients Are Most Likely to Visit to the ED for Mental Health

NYT Article:

Many parents bring children to emergency rooms to manage aggressive behaviors. But the visits offer little long-term benefit, doctors said.

Native and Strong: 9-8-8 line launches

Nation’s first Native and Strong Lifeline Launches as Part of 988 | Washington State Department of Health

One of our state’s three 988 crisis centers, this line is available for people who call the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline and is specifically for Washington’s American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Calls are answered by Native crisis counselors who are tribal members and descendants closely tied to their communities. The Native and Strong Lifeline counselors are fully trained in crisis intervention and support, with special emphasis on cultural and traditional practices related to healing.

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informs and provides oversight for high-level policy-making, program planning, decision-making, and for the implementation of this agreement, including the implementation of Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe).”Family Youth System Partner Round Table (FYSPRT) | Washington State Health Care Authority

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Governor proclamation:

“Many of Washington’s children and youth are experiencing a significant mental and behavioral health crisis”- Washington state declares Children and Youth Mental Health Crisis Governor Inslee Emergency Proclamation: Child and Youth Mental Health Crisis

1 year into

“declaring the youth mental health crisis a national emergency”

– read more from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Children’s hospitals have seen a

steep rise in the number of emergency department (ED) and inpatient visits for suicidal thoughts or self-harm, with visits more than doubling since 2016.” Learn more from Children’s Hospital Association Focusing on Children’s Mental Health (

Key bipartisan bills

introduced in the House and Senate provide much-needed investment in the nation’s mental health infrastructure for children” Read more here: Addressing Kids’ Mental Health in Congress (

For the 2022 legislative session, the

Children and Youth Behavioral Health Work Group (CYBHWG)

recommended the development of a Statewide Prenatal through 25 Behavioral Health Strategic Plan (Strategic Plan)… The goal of the strategic plan is to develop longer term, system-wide strategies to ensure access to high-quality equitable care and supports in behavioral health education and promotion, prevention, intervention, recovery and ongoing well-being….” Get current updates here  Prenatal through 25 Behavioral Health Strategic Plan – Advisory Committee Kickoff (

Telehealth Expands

– what it is and what it covers Telehealth and behavioral health |

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Contact Program Coordinator, Gina Cabiddu

Ongoing Trainings and Events

Open positions:

Elevate Health is seeking applicants for their Finance and Operations Accounting Manager. Learn more here.

Calling Coordinated Care provider

Spots going fast for the FREE March Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) training in Wenatchee. Learn more about the training and registration requirements here. TF-CBT Certification Program – Official Website (

Interested but not a Coordinated Care provider? Click here Training – Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certification Program (

Families and caregivers

– want training and resources for how to navigate systems including “mental health and substance use, as well as other disabilities and challenges within the educational and judicial systems and more?”

Visit Washington State Community Connectors –

Now Matters Now

Skills, tools, trainings for preventing, addressing, and learning about suicidal thoughts

University of Michigan presents Breaking Down Mental Health

– a podcast to discuss mental health topics from the “very basic to the more complex, to better prepare all providers to answer the call to action during this mental health crisis within our pediatric population.”