Leveraging Partnership to Transform Change

On March 15, 2021, Governor Jay Inslee signed an emergency proclamation recognizing the current mental and behavioral health emergency among Washington’s children and youth.

  • Behavioral health crises come in many forms, and most do not fit neatly into a categorical service box.
  • No single entity or system owns full responsibility for crises, and a single entity or system is not, on its own, sufficiently leveraged to address the multi-factored complexities necessary for a healthy system.
  • Given the multifactorial determinants of psychiatric boarding in the ED, potential solutions will require a variety of hospital strategies, external community strategies, ideally in collaboration with one another. Kids Mental Health Washington partners across the state are streamlining and coordinating youth behavioral health resources.

Together, we are building an access portal for individuals needing support by:

  • Centralizing where and how to access local resources
  • Facilitating community solutions and referrals for complex behavioral needs by convening multi system disciplinary teams
  • Creating and supporting steering committees, action committees, and community agreements to coordinate events, partners, and assets

Kids Mental Health Washington: The Local and Statewide Impact for Kids and Families With Program Expansion.

KMHWA hosted a webinar 9/20/2023 to highlight the expansion of the Youth Regional Behavioral Health Navigator program serving school-aged children and their families across the state. You can view the recording for a program overview and hear from the 8 regional teams (including the Thurston/Mason, Great Rivers, Spokane, and North Central teams that launched July 2023), Developmental Disabilities Administration, and Health Care Authority about the local and statewide impact of the program.

Youth Regional Behavioral Health Navigation Program: Linking Arms to Support the Needs of Kids and Families Across WA

The Health Care Authority (HCA) is partnering with Kids’ Mental Health Pierce County (KMHPC) and Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) to stand up Youth Regional Behavioral Health Navigation teams to focus on improved collaborative communication, service connection processes, and the deployment of Multidisciplinary Teams (MDT), all of which are designed to improve access to and the coordination of services for children and youth experiencing behavioral health challenges. Requests for support for young people needing intensive services will be prioritized by the Navigation teams. Join us for a collaborative conversation about this new resource and how we are bringing the community into the continuum of care.

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