What's New?

YES News & Announcements page

As this website undergoes some changes to help find information, the NEWS page in the About YES section is now News and Announcements. Here you'll find updates, announcements and new information about YES and/or this website. We hope this makes it easier for you to find new information about the development of the new system of care. 

Introduction to YES Guide available online

A guide to the YES system of care is now available to view online or download on the Communications page. This document is intended to explain Idaho’s system as it exists from January 2018 until July 2018. Starting in July 2018, the Youth Empowerment Services Practice Manual will be available to build upon the concepts and principles described in this document and help explain the changes to Idaho’s system of care.

Children's Mental Health Concern & Complaint Resolution Process available online

The Division of Behavioral Health provides formal and informal opportunities for families and youth to have input regarding the care they are provided. A convenient guide on how to provide this input is now available on the Department of Health and Welfare's Children's Mental Health webpage and in the YES website. Click here to download the Concern and Complaint Resolution Process brochure (pdf)

Changes effective January 1, 2018

The Medicaid Independent Assessor (Liberty Healthcare) is available to assess children who may have a serious emotional disturbance (SED)*. The assessment is required for:

    • Families with incomes up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) who are not currently eligible for Medicaid but want to apply for Medicaid coverage for their child who potentially has SED; or

    • Families who are currently on Medicaid that wish to access Medicaid-covered respite services for their child with SED.

    Medicaid will pay for respite services that are identified on a person-centered plan as one of the service needs of the child. Person-centered planning is a process directed by the individual and family to identify the strengths, capacities, preferences, needs and desired outcomes of the individual to create a treatment plan.

Visit the Contact Us page for who to contact for questions related to children's mental health, or email the YES team.

What’s coming next?

New and enhanced services are scheduled to begin rolling out on July 1, 2018 as part of the YES program. In 2018, families and child-serving providers will have a checklist to help identify children in Idaho who may have undiagnosed serious emotional disturbance (SED) and assist them in getting the help they need.

Download the Parent's Frequently Asked Questions flyer