Join us on Wednesday July 12th for our meeting as we welcome Ashley Mangum, MSW, LICSW.  She is the project manager at Kids Mental Health Pierce County and will be speaking to us about their program and the resources they provide.  If you would like to join us for a meeting please email Jennifer Durham at hosteventplanning@gmail.com for login information.
 
Kids’ Mental Health—Pierce County (KMHPC) is a coalition of people and agencies in Pierce County that are joining together to address the growing behavioral health crisis among school age children and youth.
 
 
Join us on Wednesday July 12th for our meeting as we welcome Ashley Mangum, MSW, LICSW.  She is the project manager at Kids Mental Health Pierce County and will be speaking to us about their program and the resources they provide.  
 
Kids’ Mental Health—Pierce County (KMHPC) is a coalition of people and agencies in Pierce County that are joining together to address the growing behavioral health crisis among school age children and youth.
 
Kids’ Mental Health - Pierce County is dedicated to developing a coordinated, responsive behavioral health system that serves the needs of children, youth and families at the right time, in the best place, with the best outcome for every family. KMHPC coordinates with initiatives focused on young children to create a continuum of behavioral health services starting at birth. 
 
Our shared values engender trust and link coalition members together. Children are at the center of our work. We are committed to supporting children’s well-being, promoting cultural responsiveness and equity, and incorporating youth and family voice into our work.
 
KMHPC has been able to accomplish the following in response to increased behavioral health needs related to the pandemic:
  • A County-wide multidisciplinary team (MDT) that responds to complex behavioral health patients who aren’t being successfully served by the existing behavioral health system.  The team provides weekly and ongoing consults for children who require creative and comprehensive planning to keep them safe and well in their community; referrals can be made by families or professionals via the KMH-PC website.  The MDT is crucial during the pandemic as children who were previously served in the community have been unable to engage in treatment and are at greater risk for hospitalization. 
  • Creation of a County-wide youth crisis systems meeting that meets bi-weekly to discuss/respond to changes in the crisis system due to COVID.
  • A virtual webinar series to support parents and youth with psychoeducation aimed at coping, homeschooling, family resilience, and neurodevelopment. The next webinar will be held Wednesday, July 29th at 3:00PM (flyer attached). The webinar will be aimed at providing resources and support for parents and caregivers to talk to parents about race and social justice.
  • A “Under this Mask is a Helper” campaign designed to lessen the anxiety of children receiving behavioral health services from providers in PPE. KMHPC donated buttons for medical and behavioral health providers to upload their picture onto a button to help with engagement and reducing anxiety of children and youth engaging in behavioral health services while wearing PPE.
  • Behavioral health navigation for the cohort of children who have used the emergency department two or more times since the onset of the pandemic.  These children are struggling to stay engaged with their outpatient providers via telehealth and are using the emergency department for mental health crises.
  • PPE training for community behavioral health providers and families.
  • Develop and maintain COVID-specific resources on the KMH-PC website.