YES 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.

The YES project team is working to ensure the new system of care is sustainable in 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:

  • Developing statewide capacity to provide timely services and supports;
  • Developing statewide capacity to provide timely services and supports according to the child’s and family’s needs;
  • Developing and consistently using a statewide access model or process which will identify, screen, assess, refer, and link qualified children to appropriate services and supports; and
  • Operating under the established Principles of Care which guide child serving agencies in the delivery and management of mental health services and supports.

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.