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2022 Black History Month: Mental Health Matters

Learning about the history of systemic racism during Black History Month - and all year - in the mental health system and movement and how it harms Black communities in the US and around the world is key for creating a mentally healthier world. 

Mental Health America is highlighting Black and African American contributions to the mental health movement because they are oftentimes overlooked. Without recognizing the lack of representation of Black and African American people in the mental health movement, we do a disservice and continue to inflict harm.

Click for a non-exhaustive list of Black and African American mental health resources.

Black History Month: Mental Health Resources - The Mental Health Coalition

7 Family-Friendly Black History Month Events in Pierce County


Every February we celebrate and reflect on the achievements and history of African Americans in the United States. Black History Month is celebrated all over the country to appreciate, honor, and acknowledge the struggles, successes, and strength of the Black/African American community.

There are many ways you can engage with Black History Month individually, with your family, and within the community. Check out one of these events in Pierce County this February!

Black History Celebration

People’s Center, Tacoma, WA | February 26 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

All are welcome to join this free celebration to honor the richness of the African-American culture, along with achievements and contributions to our community through spoken word, dancing, singing, painting, and more. There will also be food trucks, a job fair, and interactive activities

Continue to Greentrike Website for more activities and events in Pierce County 

KMHPC Upcoming Events & Webinars
Kids Mental Health Action Team Meeting 
The KMHPC Action Teams are comprised of people and agencies working together to plan and implement KMHPC community-wide agenda. Meetings are held virtually the last Thursday of each month at 1:00PM. 

Join us for our February Action Team Meeting as we develop priority actions and goals for 2022 for Kids Mental Health Pierce County. This month we will be working on identifying strategies and priority actions around our Youth Crisis System in Pierce County. 

Next Meeting: Thursday, February 24th at 1:00PM via Zoom 
Join Us!
KMHPC Webinar: Talking to Kids about Racism and Social Justice 
KMHPC featured on UW-T Podcast
In October of 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics and other medical organizations declared a national emergency in children's mental health. In this episode we're joined by Ashley Mangum, Program Manager of Pediatric Mental Health at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, Kianna Carter, Youth Engagement Services Behavioral Health Clinician at Mary Bridge and Chris Barrans, Director of Field Education/Assistant Teaching Professor at UW Tacoma's School of Social Work & Criminal Justice. The three discuss how the issues we're seeing now with children's mental health started long before the pandemic. We'll also talk about how the pandemic exacerbated theses issues. We'll also hear about the resources available to children, their parents and caregivers.
Listen to the Full Episode
NEW County Provider: Elemy
Elemy’s mission is to transform autism care in the United States. Through naturalistic, in-home ABA therapy, they provide personalized, evidence-based care that uses family collaboration and positive reinforcement to improve your child’s communication, social, and life skills.Elemy’s positive-reinforcement ABA therapy has been proven to reduce problem behaviors by 85% in the first 6 months. Their evidence-based care is led by board-certified behavioral analysts (BCBAs) that average 9+ years of experience. They’ll improve your child’s wellbeing with the latest ABA best practices and positive reinforcement techniques. And by working within your child’s comfort zone and at your child’s pace, they’ll focus on incremental growth.A long wait shouldn’t stand in the way of your child getting exceptional care. Elemy uses their proprietary platform to help your child start ABA therapy within 2-3 months. They’ll work with your insurance provider and connect a well-matched care team to get the right plan in action.Elemy accepts Kaiser, Premera Blue Cross, Cigna, Aetna, United, and many more. Click here to get in touch with their Family Admissions team about starting ABA therapy
Community Resources and Events

The Pierce County School & CBO Network Meeting takes place on the 4th Friday of every month from 11-12. Our January meeting will be Friday February 25th, from 11-12.  

The intention of this network meeting is to build partnership with our organizations and school districts, collaborate on solution focused efforts, and to share our efforts and/or events within the community.

Google Folder Link (to view past meeting notes, agenda, and resources)

Meeting Registration

An Introduction to Grief-Responsive Teaching: Supporting Students and Ourselves in Times of Loss

March 9 • 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET (view your time zone)

Over 1.5 million children around the world have lost a parent or caregiver guardian to COVID-19 (Levin 2021), yet fewer than 1% of educators receive training related to grief support during their preservice training (Densen, 2012). Through authentic discussion, interactive activities, and a review of research and actionable strategies for classroom practice, this workshop provides space for connection and reflection regarding the presence of loss (in its various forms) in the learning environment, as well as how teachers, counselors, instructional coaches, and administrators can preserve their own wellbeing in times of loss. In this workshop, we will:

  • Explore the impacts of loss on the brain, body, and behavior, as well as actionable strategies for using this knowledge to scaffold learning environments and assignments that are grief-responsive.
  • Examine interpersonal, environmental, and curricular aspects of grief-responsive teaching to create conditions supportive of all learners (and teachers!).
Meeting Registration

Please join the  Pierce County Opioid Task Force on Mar 17, 2022 at 09:00 AM in exploring this year’s theme: Rooting Our Response to the Opioid Crisis in Racial Equity by registering here. Help spread the word by sharing widely with your networks!

The Pierce County Opioid Task Force promotes positive behavioral health and well-being and works to reduce opioid misuse and related stigma through systems change and community engagement.

Register Now
Behavioral Health Funding Resources
Beacon Health Options is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) to Pierce County providers in order to seek input on mental health and substance use disorder service needs for children, youth, and young adults and their families/caregiver. Crisis Intervention will include partnership with children and their families or caregivers to identify, restore and increase family and community connections and create linkages to necessary resources. We are looking for responses no later than February 28th 2022.

Please submit questions, inquiries, and submissions regarding this RFI to: In the email’s header, please include “Youth Crisis Intervention RFI Response”.

The Pierce County Behavioral Health and Therapeutic Courts and Liquor Tax Request for Proposal is being released February 7, 2022

  • Community Education
  • Prevention & Early Intervention
  • Outpatient and Community-based Services
  • Crisis and Inpatient Services
  • Services for Justice-involved
  • Housing Supports

Funding is eligible for the following types of programs:

  • Mental Health Treatment
  • Substance Use Disorder Treatment
  • Therapeutic Court Treatment
  • Case Management
  • Transportation
  • Housing Supports
  • Other innovative and effective programs that address unmet behavioral health needs

For more information about this funding go to Solicitations and Competitive Bids | Pierce County, WA - Official Website (

Or to sign up for notifications of Human Services Solicitations and Competitive Bids click here:

Legislative Updates & Lobby Day
Join NAMI Washington members from across the state for our virtual Lobby Week. Our Lobby week will include a week of opportunities to take action from virtual events to legislative appointments throughout the week of February 21st through the 25th. 

Register for NAMI Smarts Lobby Skills Training! Beginning February 7th and running through February 18, NAMI Washington will be offering pre-lobby day (week) trainings, and an information session on our legislative priorities. 

Trainings Week of February 14th

February 14, 2022 - 2:00-4:00 PM - NAMI Smarts: Telling Your Story REGISTER HERE

February 15, 2022 - 12:00-2:00 PM - NAMI Smarts: Budget REGISTER HERE

February 16, 2022 - 12:00-2:00 PM - NAMI Smarts: Meeting Your Lawmaker REGISTER HERE

February 17, 2022 - 2:00-3:00 PM - Introduction to NAMI Washington's 2022 Legislative Priorities REGISTER HERE

Lobby Day | NAMI Washington

Seeking Youth Voice
Seeking New Members- School Safety and Student Well-Being Advisory Committee -Youth Advisory Council

Youth are our largest stakeholders in school safety and student well-being.  “The purpose of this committee is to advise on all matters related to comprehensive school safety and student well-being” (SSHB 1216).  In addition to the stakeholders from agencies and organizations across the state, youth led organizations were specified as members.

Nomination Process
To nominate yourself, or someone else, please complete the SS-SWAC-YAC Membership Recruitment Survey. The SS-SWAC-YAC operates on a rolling admissions timeline, nominations are welcome at any point during the calendar year.
If you have questions or would like additional information about the SS-SWAC-YAC, please send an email to: Ella DeVerse
Workforce Development
Join our YES Puyallup Program! Mary Bridge Children's is seeking a Mental Health Clinician-SW to provide Behavioral Health Navigation and support to Puyallup School District students. As part of an interdisciplinary team, and to promote optimal health outcomes, the MHC-SW completes comprehensive assessment and provides support and resources to identify and intervene regarding patient/family needs related to: mental health, trauma, environmental and caregiver safety; child abuse and neglect; trauma; grief and loss; adjustment to injury/illness; food, shelter and other basic needs; education and developmental needs, and parenting resource needs. Apply Now
Beacon Health Options is recruiting for a  NCWA Care Coordinator position.
The Prenatal to 25 Lifespan Behavioral Health Section (P-25 section) within the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) at the Health Care Authority (HCA) is currently recruiting for a Youth Liaison Program Manager. Although this is a contracted position with Washington State University (WSU) and is posted on the WSU website, the position and the work is embedded within the P-25 section of DBHR. The ideal candidate will be someone who has had lived behavioral health (mental health or substance use) experience as a transition age youth (between 16 to 27 years old) and meets the other listed criteria listed in the job posting.
Juvenile Rehabilitation is recruiting a position to lead our substance use treatment programs and partnerships statewide.  This position is now posted publicly through February 21. This is the agency’s leadership position for substance use treatment programs across the JR continuum. The position also works closely with Health Care Authority, Managed Care Organizations, providers, and advocates in the community to support treatment partnerships for youth and young adults in community facilities and in their communities after reentry.
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