Welcome to the provider section of the YES website. As the Youth Empowerment Services system of care develops, changes are being implemented for families, youth and children with serious emotional disturbance, mental health care providers, and others who service children--from school counselors to primary health providers. 

YES is creating exciting opportunities for providers to support their clients in new ways, including: implementation of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool, Child and Family Teams (CFT) and an increase in Idaho's Medicaid eligibility for children with SED whose families are within 185 - 300 percent of the federal poverty limit. Read more in News and Announcements.

Please take a look at the information provided and use the Contact Us section to ask any questions you have. Remember, both the YES system of care and this web page are still in development, so check back often to find new information and resources.


Some materials are now available for those providers who work with schools and educators. Collaboration with Schools: A Guide for Clinicians and Providers offers steps to follow when you work with educators, and includes links to other helpful resources for both you and educators. The Collaborating with Educators Checklist is a one page document you can use to make sure you have performed all the steps in the process. Access the guide, checklist and other resources on the Provider Resources page.


Optum Idaho is working collaboratively with the State of Idaho to implement services in the new YES system of care. Optum is committed to listening and supporting our valued provider network community to ensure you have the resources, information, and training to successfully support the service delivery system for the children and adolescents receiving care.

For more information on Idaho Behavioral Health Plan services, accessibility and provider trainings, please visit the provider section of the Optum Idaho website.

For technical information, training opportunities and support on the web-based tool developed for CANS in Idaho, please visit the iCANS website.


One of the goals of YES is to improve the process for identifying children who may have unmet mental health needs and assist their families in accessing services. To accomplish this goal, the state is creating multiple pathways to identify unmet needs. One such tool, the Children's Mental Health (CMH) Screener, is now available.

The CMH Screener is designed to help primary 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. It is based on the new Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool the state is now using for assessment and treatment planning in children's mental health, but it is a much shorter tool. Certification on the CANS is not required to use the screener. Early identification of mental health needs, when treated, leads to better outcomes.

CMH Screener Resources:

CANS Screener Manual (pdf)
CANS Screening Fillable Form (pdf)
How to use the CMS Screener ppt (pdf)

Questions about the screener? Contact Us.