In October 2018, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital with the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Pierce County Police Chiefs Association, Tacoma School District and HopeSparks convened a Children’s Mental Health Summit. 70-plus leaders and front-line staff – spanning emergency services, law enforcement, mental health, juvenile justice, crisis services, emergency medicine, primary care, education, and social services – came together to define the barriers and begin to identify a common agenda to improve child and adolescent mental health services.
Key summit themes:
- Agencies across the board have the will to improve. There is tremendous energy to build a collaborative solution and engage in collective action.
- A formal collaborative effort is needed to bring partners together around a common vision and agenda.
- Partners share a keen focus on equity as a value and common goal.