Pierce County Agencies are coming together to define the barriers and begin to identify a common agenda to improve child and adolescent mental health services.

NOTICE: The Pierce County Youth Mental Health Summit and
Kids Mental Health First Aid Classes have been postponed due to the COVID-19 virus precautions.
Please check back again for further updates.

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NEW RESOURCE: Community Multidisciplinary Team (MDT)

Podcast: The state of mental health in Tacoma

Hope Sparks president Joe LeRoy, Comprehensive Life Resources CEO Kim Zacher, and The News Tribune columnist Matt Driscoll about the challenges that plague this system, and a few efforts underway to make it easier to access for those in need of help.

VISIT: CITIZEN TACOMA EPISODE 66

Facing the Growing Crisis in Children’s Mental Health

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.
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Increase in suicide rate kids 10-14 years old over the past two decades
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Increase in adolescent suicide since 2000
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High school students in Washington State have considered suicide

“Our schools have been significantly impacted by an increase in unmet behavioral health needs among our youth, at a time when fiscal limitations restrict our ability to respond. The work of this collaborative provides much needed coordination, collaboration, and HOPE for our most vulnerable population..”

Dr. Glenn E. Malone
Chief Officer
Puyallup School District