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YES QUARTERLY GOALS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS AVAILABLE - Friday, February 08, 2019

An overview of YES goals and accomplishments report is now available. This one page document provides a high level look at what's next for YES and what we have accomplished quarterly. It is produced four times per year. Read the Goals and Accomplishments Report - Jan. 2019 here.

 
YES PRACTICE MANUAL IS NOW AVAILABLE! - Monday, February 04, 2019

A practical guide for youth, families and providers on all the different parts of the YES system of care is now available on the YES website. The YES Practice Manual is available as an online e-book, and as a pdf that can be downloaded. The manual replaces the Introduction to YES Guide published in 2018. More information about topics covered in the Practice Manual and links to document are available on the new Practice Manual webpage.

 
QMIA REPORTS REDESIGNED, JANUARY 2019 ISSUE AVAILABLE - Friday, February 01, 2019

The January 2019 Quality Management Improvement & Accountability (QMIA) Quarterly Report is now available. The report has been redesigned to make it easier to print out topic-specific pages.Topics include:  Who is Accessing YES, Who We're Serving, Services and Supports, Supporting the Workforce, Youth and Family Experiences, Quality Improvement and At a Glance, which features an overview of a specific topic. Access the 8th QMIA Quarterly Report - January 2019 here and in the  Project Information section, Reports and Updates page of this website.

 
WRAPAROUND FOR FAMILIES RESOURCES IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH - Friday, January 11, 2019

A new guide to Wraparound is now available for families in both English and Spanish. Wraparound is a team-based, family-driven, and youth-guided planning process. It is part of the YES system of care in Idaho. Wraparound is intended to assist youth and families who may be experiencing a high level of needs. This handbook was written for parents, by YES parents of children with mental health concerns. Visit the Resources and Training page to read online or download the handbook (pdf).

A one page flyer, Wraparound at a Glance, is also available to introduce families to Wraparound. Also available on the Resources and Training page in English and Spanish.

 
NEW REPORT FOCUSES ON CANS USAGE AND CLIENT SATISFACTION - Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The latest issue of the YES Quality Management Improvement and Accountability (QMIA) Quarterly Report provides insights into training, certification and use information for the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) as well as how children, youth and families are experiencing the children's mental health system. The October 1, 2018 report also looks at how system gaps and opportunities for quality improvement are being identified. Access the Quarterly QMIA Report October 2018 here, or go to the Reports and Updates page for links to all YES QMIA Quarterly Reports.

 
NEW VIDEO INTRODUCES FAMILIES TO CANS - Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A new video to help families understand the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment tool is now available on the Department of Health and Welfare's YouTube channel. Learn why participating in the CANS is important, what is involved in the assessment and how it can help your child and family. Watch CANS for Families video.

 
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING PLAN UPDATE - Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The 2018 Workforce Development and Training Plan Annual Update is now available. This plan includes details on the collaborative work that agencies, community partners and other stakeholders are engaged in as we continue to create a more informed, knowledgeable and skilled workforce to deliver mental health services and supports to Idaho’s families. The first Workforce Development and Training Plan was completed March 2017 as a requirement of the Jeff D. Settlement Agreement and the YES Implementation Plan. Links to these and other YES Project plans and documents can be found in the About YES section on the Resources and Training page.

 
AGENCIES INVITED TO ACCESS ICANS - Friday, November 02, 2018

The Division of Behavioral Health Automation HelpDesk invites providers of children’s mental health services in Idaho the opportunity to participate in Wave 4 of the statewide ICANS setup activities .ICANS is a secure, electronic, internet-based system used to administer and manage CANS (Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths) assessments in Idaho. Wave 4 of the ICANS setup is an ongoing phase and is open to all providers that have not already been setup in the system.

Click here to learn more on how agencies can access the ICANS system

 
DISCOUNTED CANS CERTIFICATION CODES FOR MEDICAID/OPTUM PROVIDERS - Friday, November 02, 2018

To support Idaho's implementation of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Assessment, Division of Behavioral Health is offering a limited number of CANS Certification codes to Medicaid/Optum Providers. These codes will allow individuals to certify on the CANS at no cost through the Praed Foundation’s collaborative training site. Click here for more information.

 
CHANGES TO YES CANS CERTIFICATION COMING 1/1/2019 - Friday, November 02, 2018

All individuals seeking certification in the CANS for purposes related to the YES system of care must currently certify through the online certification platform operated and managed by the Praed Foundation. Individuals seeking CANS certification can select from multiple courses that are available on the training platform that may or may not be aligned with the Idaho CMH CANS tool. Currently, individuals seeking CANS Certification for YES purposes are considered certified in the CANS after successfully passing the certification exam in any of the courses offered through the Praed Training Platform. Beginning January 1, 2019 the only approved CANS Certification for YES will be the Idaho CMH CANS course. Click here for more information.

 
NEW SERVICES IMPLEMENTED EFFECTIVE OCT. 1st - Tuesday, October 02, 2018

New services have been added to the Idaho Behavioral Health Plan (IBHP) effective October 1, 2018. Crisis Response and Family Psychoeducation are now included in the YES system of care. For more information, please visit the Optum Idaho website,  Alerts and Announcements in the provider section.

 
MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT FOR IN-STATE PSYCHIATRIC RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT STARTS OCT. 1 - Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Effective October 1, healthcare services delivered by in-state psychiatric residential treatment facilities will be reimbursable for eligible Medicaid beneficiaries. Read more on DHW blog.

 
CMH WORKFORCE CAPACITY AND GAPS REPORT AVAILABLE - Thursday, September 20, 2018

This report presents the findings of the 2018 Youth Mental Health Services Workforce Capacity and Gaps Analysis commissioned by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW), Division of Behavioral Health and completed by Boise State University’s School of Social Work to help guide Idaho’s Youth Empowerment Services (YES) system transformation. Access the report in the Project Information section, in About YES, under Reports and Updates or download here.

 
ICANS REFERRAL AND CONSENT GUIDES AVAILABLE - Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Two new resources are available to explain Consent and Referrals related in the ICANS system. ICANS is a secure, electronic, internet-based system used to administer and manage CANS (Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths) assessments in Idaho.

The ICANS Consent and Referrals Provider Guide is a quick reference sheet that explains what Consents and Referrals are in the ICANS system and how to create them.

The ICANS Consent and Referrals Family Guide is a quick reference sheet for the family that explains what Consents and Referrals are and the benefits of using them in the ICANS system.

The Family and the Provider Guides are available to download in the Resources section of the Resources and Training page.

 
GET UPDATES ON YES IN YOUR INBOX - SIGN UP TODAY! - Monday, September 17, 2018

Youth Empowerment Services is now providing news and updates through a monthly email newsletter. The newsletter is scheduled to go out mid-month. Sign up today on the Newsletter Opt-In page.