YES Tacoma Program Overview
Tier 1: Screening and Community Referral
Screenings provided to youth at Tier 1 will be triaged by the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Care Coordination Team. Within this tier, a screening assessment will occur, and determination will be made regarding community referral to more specific social or mental health support services and/or referral on to Tier 2 or 3 services.
Tier 2: Referral to KMHPC Community Multidisciplinary Team (MDT)
The KMHPC MDT is a community-based, family-focused multidisciplinary team of at least one Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), community behavioral health providers, and advocates who aim to assist school personnel and families with complex behavioral health presentations, care coordination and case planning. The MDT assists with tasks such as: outpatient service recommendations, care coordination needs, behavioral management strategies, safety planning strategies, transitional planning, discharge planning and family engagement strategies for youth and families who reside in Pierce County.
TPS Personal can make a referral directly to the MDT with parent permission. TPS students can also be referred by the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital Care Coordination Team or parent/caregiver.
See KMHPC MDT Guide & FAQ for additional information
Tier 3: Behavioral and Education Support Team Intervention (BEST)
Students with greatest needs will be referred to a wraparound team which will include an LICSW and case manager to provide brief interventions for up to 90 days with the goal of developing a treatment plan that will provide the youth the necessary resources and supports to remain safe within their school and community. The LICSW will conduct a student/family assessment and, with the collaboration of the student and family, develop a family treatment plan aimed at stabilizing the mental health symptoms that are contributing to the youth’s disruption in education and other functions. The LICSW will provide brief interventions which could include one-on-one counseling, family sessions, and/or safety/crisis planning. Prior to case closure, the LICSW will develop a transitional plan to ensure connection to other community resources