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.

Our Mission
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 Values. 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.

Our Vision. Our long-term vision is to reduce the number and severity of behavioral health issues in school-age children and youth (K-12) across Pierce County. To start, we are building coordinated, effective and efficient behavioral health services for these children and youth. “Crisis” is defined by the youth and family when the youth’s needs outweigh the existing resources within the family.

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Pierce County Crisis System Overview
Crisis behavioral health services are available to residents in Pierce County through a variety of partnerships with community providers. Hear from our local  county providers about signs and symptoms of a crisis, and how to access services to keep kids healthy in our community.

A toll-free regional crisis hotline that operates 24/7/365 is the single point of entry into the behavioral health services system. Resources include mobile crisis teams, referral to behavioral health services, and care coordination.

Pierce County Crisis Line


Webinar Speakers:

Heather Fonseca-Bailey, LICSW
Social Worker
Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital

Julie Johnson, LICSW
Social Work Manager
Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital

Adam Parker, MSW, MHP, DCR
Designated Crisis Responder

Nolita Reynolds, LMHC
Clinical Director
Catholic Community Services

Published 11-18-20

A Mindful State has partnered with Coordinated Care and Kids Mental
Health Pierce County to host monthly webinars to provide a forum to
help build resilience through community connections and education.

Featured Speaker:
Lindsey Green, MSW
Community Educator, Coordinated Care  

November Webinar Overview:
Resilience is the ability to bounce back following adversity, Laurence Gonzaless says it best, “We live on, but we also live with.” This training reviews specific skills that can foster resilience in children and looks at risk and protective factors that affect resilience. The training focuses on what adults can do to support resilience and help youth feel safe, capable and lovable.

Register Today!
Kids Mental Health Pierce County in collaboration with Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital’s YES Program is excited to announce our upcoming webinar series: Social Emotional Learning & Trauma Informed Practices with Youth. This webinar series is facilitated by Education and Behavioral Consultant, Tovah Denaro, MS.Ed. This series will go throughout the 2021-2022 school year with sessions occurring monthly. The series is open to all Pierce County professionals who serve youth, as well as parents/caregivers of youth in the community.

Sessions occur from 4-5pm, with a 30 minute question and answer to follow.

November Session: November 10, 2021 at 4:00PM

November Session Objectives:
*Understand why it is important for adults to practice social emotional self-care and learning.

*Understand the alignment between SEL for adults and youth social emotional learning and growth.
Register Today!
Other Community Resources & Events 

Wednesday, November 3rd  at 2-3 p.m. PT

The rate of anxiety among students and staff is increasing with the return to in-person learning during the ongoing pandemic. Join us to explore evidence-based strategies that mitigate the problematic anxiety within schools.

Certificate of Attendance and Washington state clock hours available
for attendees of the live session

Learn more and register here! 

Register for NAMI Smarts for Advocacy!
NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a hands-on advocacy training that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy. NAMI Smarts: Telling Your Story, is the foundation module and in this workshop we'll talk about why advocacy for mental health care is so important and the power of your story to influence others. Then, we'll guide you through writing your own powerful story in seven short steps.
The Telling Your Story workshop will be offered on the first Tuesday evening of November and December!

Use this link to register for one (or more!) of the following workshops on telling your story:
  • Tuesday, November 2nd, 6-8:30PM
  • Tuesday, December 7th, 6-8:30PM
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Youth mental health has never been more important than now. If you are, or know of, a young adult looking to make an impact, then NAMI Next Gen is a great opportunity to make a difference!
NAMI Next Gen is a compensated advisory group made up of young adults aged 18–25 with the sole intention of helping youth and young adults across the nation affected by mental health conditions.
This role is for January-December 2022. Applications will close Nov. 30, 2021.

For more information and to apply, click here!
HCA Youth Liaison Recruitment

There is work to be done to elevate youth and young adult voice in Washington state’s  behavioral health system.  Health Care Authority’s Prenatal through 25 Behavioral Health Section is looking for a leader with lived expertise invested in building relationships, influencing policy, and growing youth and young adult involvement and voice in system change,
If this position is interesting, but you have questions, please reach out and ask!

Application can be found at:
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