Empowering the mental wellness of children, youth and their families
Español    Idaho.gov    About Us    Contact Us  

Empowering the mental wellness of children, youth and their families

Welcome to Youth Empowerment Services

Welcome to the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) website. Here you will find information on the ongoing collaborative effort to implement a new system of care for Idaho children and youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED). The Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Project has been authorized by the Department of Health & Welfare to accomplish this work.  
This website will continue to grow as the Project continues, and will contain helpful information for children and families, community stakeholders, treatment providers, and anyone who would like to participate in reforming Idaho’s system of care for providing children's mental health services. Idaho’s new system of care will be:
  • family-driven,
  • community-based,
  • coordinated, and
  • comprehensive.

YES Timeline

Jeff D. Class Action Lawsuit: 1980 -
Formal Mediation: September, 2013 - December, 2014 
Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Project Plan: September, 2016
Children’s Mental Health System of Care: May, 2020 


Get Involved

We want to expand opportunities for Class Members, their families and community stakeholders, for greater involvement and engagement at the system level for system improvement and planning efforts. Please let us know if you’d like more information about how to get involved. Visit the Contact Us page.