YES Pierce County Program

Youth Engagement Services (YES) Pierce County is a collaborative treatment model which will reduce gaps in care coordination and support services after a behavioral health crisis by providing screening and assessment to determine a youth’s ongoing behavioral health needs.  YES Pierce County is also positioned to provide brief stabilization treatment in a community setting best suited to the youth and family.

YES Clinicians will work collaboratively with the youth and family to provide:

  • Behavioral health navigation & referrals:  Clinician will conduct a psychosocial assessment to determine needs, identify services and refer.  Clinician will maintain regular contact with family throughout outpatient or social service intake and initial sessions or until goals have been met.
  • Case management services:  90 days of regular contact with the family to ensure engagement/service delivery.  Includes working collaboratively with payers and identifying and overcoming barriers.
  • Suicide safety assessment & safety planning:  Regular administration of the SAFE-T to determine ongoing level of suicidality/risk and use of the Brown-Stanley safety plan to address crises.
  • Brief in-person or telehealth counseling/therapy in a community setting (e.g., home or school):  Clinician will utilize evidence-based practice such as TF-CBT, DBT or other to stabilize youth and family for 90 days if needed.
  • Psychiatry consultation:  Youth served in the Mary Bridge emergency department or med/surg/PICU can receive psychiatric consultation for diagnostic assistance and medication recommendations.
  • Multidisciplinary team staffings through KMHPC:  Complex cases (e.g., youth boarding in EDs) will be staffed through the KMPHPC MDT to assist with enhanced community service planning.

Eligibility Criteria:

All youth seen for a crisis mental health evaluation in a MultiCare Health System emergency department would be eligible for services regardless of insurance.