What We Know
Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Family Survey Results, 2020
Youth Empowerment Services (YES) is Idaho’s new children’s mental health system of care. Join us as we discuss how YES is doing statewide, and how families feel about the care they are receiving.
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2020 Survey Results
This report presents findings of the 2020 Idaho Youth Empowerment Services (YES) statewide family survey. The survey was commissioned by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) and completed by investigators at Boise State University. The overarching aims of the survey were to assess families’ experiences and outcomes of care in Idaho’s YES system and to guide service improvement efforts.
Past YES Survey Results
This report presents findings of the 2019 Idaho Youth Empowerment Services (YES) statewide family survey.
Parent, Quality Assurance Program Manager, Division of Behavioral Health, Department of Health and Welfare
Candace has worked to develop the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) system of care for the past 6 years. She was also involved in the creation of the Jeff D. Settlement Agreement that serves as the foundation of YES. Candace’s current focus is on Quality Management Improvement and Accountability (QMIA), including the current BSU survey and future initiatives to get input from families about their experience of care.
Laura Wallis, P.E.
Parent, Co-Director, Idaho Parent Network for Children’s Mental Health
Laura is a Professional Civil Engineer, Advocate for Children’s Mental Health, Member of the Region 7 Children’s Mental Health Subcommittee, a Professional Meeting Sitter-Inner, and Champion Dessert Sampler. Laura loves speaking at events where she can share a bit of her journey as a parent of a special needs child in the hopes that her (sometimes hilarious) stories will help families feel less alone and the professionals who work with families like hers feel more confident and able to impact positive change. Laura is grateful to have been a part of the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) implementation process and looks forward to the day when every child has access to the mental health supports they need.
Nate Williams, Ph.D., LCSW
Associate Professor, Boise State University (BSU)
Nate is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Boise State University and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Idaho. Prior to earning his doctorate, Nate worked for seven years with youth and families as a therapist and program director in an outpatient children’s mental health clinic in Nampa, Idaho. As an Associate Professor at Boise State, Nate spends much of his time conducting research and teaching. Nate’s research focuses on understanding how to improve the quality and effectiveness of children’s mental health services, with a special emphasis on supporting the implementation of evidence-based practices. Nate believes strongly in the value of family voice and participation in designing mental health systems that use family strengths to improve youth well-being. He has three children.