News and Announcements

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Announcements

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.

 
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH CHECKLIST NOW AVAILABLE - Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The State Department of Education has published a new Youth Mental Health Checklist for Families along with additional YES resources for school personnel in Idaho. The checklist tool can be used by anyone to help determine if a child may benefit from a full mental health assessment. YES resources including the Checklist are available in the YES section of SDE's Idaho Training Clearinghouse for educators, parents and caregivers and the public to download.

 
PARENT NETWORK LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE - Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Parent Network, a partner with YES, has a new website for parents and families looking for resources and information to support their child with mental illness. Parent Network is a volunteer group of parents helping parents. Access the website: https://idahoparentnetwork.org.

 
YES ACCOMPLISHMENTS REPORT FOR JULY NOW AVAILABLE - Thursday, August 16, 2018

The July 2018 Accomplishments and Goals Report for Youth Empowerment Services is now available Project Information section of About YES on the Reports and Updates page. Click on YES Updates to access the latest report.

 
SCREENER HELPS HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS ID MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS - Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The state of Idaho is creating multiple pathways to identify unmet mental health needs as part of its goal to improve access to mental health assessments and services. One such tool, the Children's Mental Health (CMH) Screener, is now available.

The CMH Screener is designed to help primary health care providers identify unmet mental health needs, and to link families to further assessment and treatment. It was specifically designed for practitioners in a non-mental health setting. For more information and links to the Screener and related materials, please visit the Provider page.

 
FAMILY TRAINING SERIES...SAVE THE DATES - Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Mark your calendar for free family training on the new Youth Empowerment Services system of care. Visit the YES Calendar of Events to get the dates for one hour webinars scheduled now through December 2018. Registration links for each session will be added to the calendar listing when it is available.

Missed a session? You'll find links to recordings of previous webinars for parents and caregivers on the YES training page

The Getting Started with YES Family Training Series is provided in partnership by Idaho Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, the Parent Network and the Division of Behavioral Health, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

 
NEW REPORT FEATURES FIRST QUARTER OF YES IMPLEMENTATION - Monday, July 16, 2018

The July 2018 Quarterly Management Improvement and Accountability (QMIA) Report provides a picture of the first three months of YES implementation, January - March 2018. It includes facts and figures on the use of Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) and CANS 50 assessments, person-centered planning, Medicaid eligibility and CANS training and certification. It also includes information on the estimated number of children who may be served through YES in the future. Access the July 2018 QMIA Quarterly Report in Reports and Updates in the Project Information area of the About YES section of this website.