Services and Supports Overview


The new Youth Empowerment Services system of care will offer a comprehensive array of services to address the needs of children and youth with serious emotional disturbance (SED). Through a coordinated and collaborative effort, multiple child-serving agencies (e.g. Family medical providers, schools, Health and Welfare, Juvenile Justice) will work with the family to build a treatment plan around the unique needs and strengths of each child.

More community-based services will be developed to reduce the number of children and youth who enter the juvenile justice system, are placed in residential treatment programs and/or are admitted to hospitals due to their unmet mental health needs. Access to YES services will provide services to help improve the level of functioning and overall well-being of children and youth who are challenged with complex mental health disorders.

Over a period of seven (7) years (by 2020), YES will work to become a sustainable system of care providing public sector children’s mental health services. It will improve the quality of care, accessibility of services and outcomes of children served. YES is committed to:   

    The YES project is being implemented from 2015 to 2023 including three (3) years for proving sustainability. Services will be added to the YES program in phases between 2017 - 2020. As YES moves forward, please check back on this page for a list of the services that will be included as part of the YES program.