Join The Children & Youth Behavioral Health Work Group

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You are invited by the Washington Healthcare Authority to join the efforts of the Children & Youth Behavioral Health Work Group (CYBHWG) to enhance mental health and substance use/alcohol treatment services and supports for children, young people through age 25, and their families.

Opportunities for participation:

Children & Youth Behavioral Health Work Group (CYBHWG):
The CYBHWG is seeking one parent or caregiver and two young people between the ages of 13 and 29 who have experience with mental health or drug and alcohol-related programs or services.
Time commitment: Attend up to eight 3-4 hour CYBHWG meetings per year and one 3-hour member retreat. Most meetings are virtual (held on Zoom). All in-person meetings include a virtual option.
Term: Member terms may not exceed 3 years.

Application deadline: Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Prenatal-25 Behavioral Health Strategic Plan Advisory Group (P-25 Strategic Plan Advisory Group):
The CYBHWG is developing a statewide strategic plan to improve the behavioral health system for all of Washington’s children, youth, young adults, and their families. Goals: Develop a long-term system-wide strategy and roadmap, engage deeply with communities and stakeholders, and drive tangible improvements.
Time commitment: Up to five 3-4 hour meetings per year and one 3-hour member retreat, plus review of draft documents and other materials as needed. Most meetings are virtual.
Term: Member terms may not exceed 2 years.
Application deadline: Wednesday, May 8, 2024

The Prenatal-25 SPAG Parent/Caregiver and Youth/Young Adult Subcommittees: Monthly 1-2 hour meetings to share progress and plans and get your ideas and input. Open to any parent or young person who wants to attend. Meetings begin in May.
To participate: please email cybhwg@hca.wa.gov.
Presentation to Your Group or Organization: We are happy to come to your group’s meetings or gatherings – in person or virtually – to share information about the Prenatal-25 Strategic Plan and get your ideas.

Please email cybhwg@hca.wa.gov with questions

Please share this information within your community and with people you know who might be interested. Your experience and wisdom will ensure that these services truly look and feel like help to those who seek them.We look forward to your participation in improving behavioral health services for children, youth, young adults, and their families in Washington State.
For more information or if you have questions