Southeast Youth and Family Services Programs
Youth Mental Health Counseling assists youth and families in Southeast Seattle by providing culturally appropriate counseling and case management services for youth, ages 2-19. Youth served are of culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Problems include: family conflict, offense behavior, low self esteem, physical/sexual/emotional abuse, depression, suicidal thoughts/threats, school problems, teen pregnancy, drug/alcohol abuse and related problems, unemployment,and peer difficulties.
Managed Care Mental Health Services assists King County youth aged 2-20 by providing therapeutic and case management services that are culturally and age appropriate, affordable and accessible. Youth must meet medical necessity criteria and receive or be eligible for Medicaid. Issues include emotional problems, school problems, all forms of abuse, family conflict, suicidal thoughts/threats, substance abuse, peer difficulties, offense/antisocial behavior, and sexually aggressive behaviors.
Family/parent support services focus on providing education, information, support and resources for children and families. Staff and families work together in relationships based on equality and respect that enhance the family's capacity to support the growth and development of its members. Our parenting curriculum meets DSHS requirements.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
88% of children and youth participating in our services strengthen their social skills.
91% of children and youth participating in our services improve their academic skills.
80% of children and parents participating in our services strengthen their parent/child interaction skills.
88% of children and youth participating in our mental health counseling strengthen their coping skills.
8 parents completed our DSHS approved parenting class.
The average SEYFS client is aged between 2 and 20 years old; is living below the poverty line; is a person of color; lives in a home with a female head of household or is living with other family members; is struggling with serious to severe mental health issues; has significant issues with family, school, peers and/or the legal system; lacks natural support systems; resides in high crime areas; lacks age appropriate social connections and recreational activities; has experienced some form of abuse and/or neglect, including sexual exploitation; is struggling in school (50% are at risk of dropping out); has experience substance abuse (self or others in the home); is involved with multiple systems (CPS, foster care, juvenile justice); is experiencing or have experienced suicidal thoughts/ideation.
Current needs include Board members, funds to actively collaborate, and additional training in emerging best practices in areas such as early childhood development, including school readiness and educational support services.