YOUTH EASTSIDE SERVICES

aka YES   |   Bellevue, WA   |  https://www.YouthEastsideServices.org

Mission

Youth Eastside Services is a lifeline for kids and families coping with challenges such as emotional distress, substance abuse and violence. Through intervention, outreach and prevention, YES builds confidence and responsibility, strengthens family relationships, and advocates for a safer community that cares for its youth.

Ruling year info

1969

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. David Downing

Main address

999 164th Ave NE

Bellevue, WA 98008 USA

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Formerly known as

Heads Up

EIN

91-0849093

NTEE code info

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In Washington, an increasing number of youth are facing life-altering, and often life-threatening,
challenges to their physical, emotional, and psychological well-being, and East King County is no
exception. Depression and anxiety among young people are on the rise, according to recently
released 2016 Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) data, which points to a significant uptick since 2006
among 8th, 10th and 12th graders in the Bellevue and Lake Washington School Districts (BSD and LWSD). Researchers have demonstrated that anxiety disorders, which affect 25-30% of all teens, are associated with the reduced likelihood of attending college, and depression has been linked to low academic achievement, school suspensions, and decreased ability to concentrate and to attend class. As well, students who perceive that they are not doing well in school are ten times more likely to report suicide attempts than those who feel that they are doing well in school.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Youth and Family Counseling

YES helps children, youth and families through difficult times. The young people who seek services at YES suffer from depression, substance use, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, behavioral issues, anxiety, trauma, sexual abuse, grief and loss, or co-occurring disorders.

Services include mental health counseling, substance use treatment, and counseling for co-occurring disorders provided by Master's-level therapists who are also Chemical Dependency Professionals. YES has two prescribers (board-certified child psychiatrists). YES is a regional learning institution for clinicians, and Master's-level counseling interns from local accredited partner graduate programs are also part of YES service delivery. Services are integrated into more than 60 elementary, middle and high schools and teen/community centers across the Bellevue and Lake Washington School Districts, along with three office locations and in homes.

Population(s) Served

YES provides convenient and affordable access to substance abuse prevention and treatment services in our offices and in schools throughout the Bellevue and Lake Washington School Districts. Our Chemical Dependency Professionals (CDPs) provide:
• Comprehensive assessment, outpatient
treatment and counseling
• Support for recovery
• Prevention, education and intervention
• Summer activities and other services for youth
affected by a family member’s addiction
• Parent support

Many of our CDPs are dually certified in mental health counseling. These staff are experienced in working with youth and in guiding youth and their families through the treatment and recovery process.

Population(s) Served

YES offers a wide range of Education & Prevention programs that provide pro-social activities and support young people’s efforts to avoid negative and risk-taking behaviors. Programs focus on increasing protective factors and resiliency among at-risk teens, and supporting families. These programs include Success Mentoring, which helps to prevent drug/alcohol use while improving school attendance and GPA among middle school youth; Outreach, reaching at-risk youth in schools and in community and teen centers with brief interventions and referrals for longer-term counseling; Prevention Intervention Specialists working across the Bellevue and Lake Washington School Districts to prevent substance use and abuse; and BGLAD, a weekly drop-in support group for teens who may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, or who may be questioning their gender and/or sexual identity.

With bilingual (English/Spanish) staff, YES also administers programs specifically for the Latino communities in East King County, including Latino H.E.A.T., a student leadership, community service and cultural empowerment group involved in youth development activities and Family Net, providing social services for immigrant families with elementary school children in the Lake Washington School District. YES’ Re-Connecting Youth program, funded by the United Way, works specifically with at-risk Hispanic/Latino youth to stay in school, increase GPA and improve graduation rates. YES has recently launched a Homelessness Prevention initiative funded by King County, to help mitigate the risk of imminent homelessness among vulnerable families in East King County.

Population(s) Served

YES helps families be the best they can be.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the Positive Parenting approach when raising children. YES provides an Early Childhood Behavioral Health (ECBH) program with two evidence-based interventions: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), a treatment for children ages two to seven that is derived from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)+, in which parents are coached on the elements of effective discipline and child management skills; and Promoting First Relationships (PFR), an intervention developed by researchers at the University of Washington (UW) for children from birth to age three, with the goal of promoting secure and healthy relationships between caregivers and young children.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average youth self-rating of functioning and coping skills

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Youth and Family Counseling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Using evidence-based mental health counseling, substance use and co-occurring disorder counseling and treatment, and psychiatric services we help at-risk-youth recovery from behavioral health issues.

Number of people who received clinical mental health care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of young clients who use trauma-informed, evidence and strengths-based approaches to treat mental health and substance use and co-occurring disorders through individual and group counseling.

Number of youth who demonstrate that their school attendance has improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Outreach/Prevention/Community Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of hispanic students at risk of dropping out of school, who are supported through YES' Latino Heat program which re-engages them with their school, community and culture.

Number of youth mentored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Youth and Family Counseling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of at-risk-youth who are paired with a trained, adult, volunteer mentor through YES' SUCCESS program.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Youth Eastside Services (YES) serves children, youth and families in East King County, Washington. Our Board of Trustees oversees the development and update of a strategic plan with specific goals and measures for programs. With healthcare reform on the horizon, we are adapting to new reporting requirements and reimbursements.

In Youth & Family Counseling, our trained counselors work with kids to overcome depression, anxiety, abuse, bullying, behavior problems, suicidal thinking, grief, and other emotional problems. We are committed to using evidence-based best practices, and the depth of expertise and diversity of our staff enables YES to address a wide range of mental health issues. We provide on-site psychiatry services for those youth with some of the most serious mental health issues. Our goals in this program are to reach more kids, improve mental health functioning among youth, educate the community about mental health trends in youth, and to continue training in best-practice approaches. YES' Early Childhood Behavioral Health program has the additional aims of preventing abuse, neglect, developmental delays, and social-emotional problems among at-risk infants and children; promoting healthy parent-child relationships; and promoting healthy child social, emotional and cognitive development.

In Substance Abuse Treatment we work with kids to overcome abuse and addiction using the best practice 7-Challenges approach, the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). All substance abuse clients begin with a comprehensive best-practice assessment, which measures for substance use and mental health problems. YES also sends behavioral health counselors into local middle and high schools to educate and prevent substance abuse. In recent years, we have seen an increase in the number of clients who suffer from both substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues. Because of this, we are focused on helping more staff become dually certified in both mental health and substance abuse treatment, to address these co-occurring disorders.

YES' Prevention and Education programs focus on reaching kids and parents to educate and prevent problems. Programs provide pro-social activities and support young people's efforts to avoid negative and risk-taking behaviors. These programs aim to increase protective factors and resiliency among teens, and support families.

At YES we are always focused on expanding to meet the needs of more youth and families in our area. We continuously evaluate programs and their effectiveness and make changes as needed to reach target goals. No child is turned away for inability to pay, and this is due to the generous support of donors.

YES currently has five strategic initiatives to ensure our programs are meeting expected metrics and outcomes. These initiatives are reviewed quarterly by the directors team and annually in a report to the board. YES stays focused but flexible, to adapt to the changing needs in our community.

Our current strategies include:
- Positively impact youth health and well-being in East King County by providing access to mental health and substance abuse services in 70 schools in the Bellevue and Lake Washington School Districts and in community/teen centers, to serve 5,000+ youth annually.

- Decrease economic disparities in accessing mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment by providing fully accessible services for all youth and families in East King County using a sliding payment scale that goes all the way down to zero, providing free or reduced fee care for any client in need.

- Strengthen brain development and social-emotional skills among infants and children from birth to age seven in East King County by providing an evidence-based, early childhood mental health program for children and families.

- Positively impact child psychiatric illness in East King County by providing an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and a child psychiatrist with direct clinical time to patients, along with psychiatric consultation and expert support for YES counselors.

- Decrease the educational disparities faced by Hispanic students in East King County by providing pro-social, student leadership, cultural and empowerment programs for Hispanic youth, to support their efforts to make progress on educational and community service goals.

Each year we review and update our initiatives to ensure we are meeting the needs of the parents and kids we serve. We are active in pursing partnerships with local organizations to further our mission. In addition, we work hard to publicize our services and availability (no one turned away for inability to pay), to ensure that those who need our services can find us.

Since the early 1970s, King County has implemented a coordinated system of youth service provision throughout the county, and YES is one of 17 Youth and Family Service Associations in the county that help create a safety net for young people. This coordinated system establishes a regional focus for service delivery, primarily designated by school district boundaries, to provide comprehensive services and eliminate service duplication throughout the county. YES' service area focuses on the regions served by the Bellevue and Lake Washington School Districts. YES works in partnership with the elementary, middle and high schools within these two school districts, as well as with teen and community centers.

YES has successfully grown over the years through skilled leadership, conservative budgeting and ongoing review of agency finances by the Board Finance Committee and senior staff. Although recent governmental budget cuts have impacted revenue, through prudent budgeting and strategic planning, YES' service delivery remains strong and effective in meeting community needs.

YES' current strategic plan (2016-2021) emphasizes a balanced resource profile and expanded fund development capacity, to ensure that in the future, East King County youth and families can access needed services. In the short term, YES will launch a planned giving program. As this program grows, we will assess our capacity to launch an endowment campaign, to provide an ongoing and stable funding source.

In 2017, 6,778 unduplicated youth from birth to age 22, and their families, participated in longer-term services and programs at YES. Recent agency accomplishments include the following:
• YES successfully enhanced our Early Childhood Behavioral Health program in 2017. The program provides two evidence-based interventions, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Promoting First Relationships (PFR), with the goal of strengthening brain development among at-risk infants and children from birth to age seven.
• In 2017, YES continued to expand psychiatric services, with two board-certified, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists to work with YES' therapists and clinical directors and to support youth and families in YES' care. Program expansions include the capacity to provide bilingual (Spanish-English) services and services specific to LGBTQ+ youth.
• Also in 2017, YES realized success in working with Latino youth, and their families. At Redmond High School, where YES' Latinos Unidos program is located, 11% of the students are Hispanic/Latino (2016-2017). We launched the program in 2011, and the graduation rate among Hispanic students that year was 79%, with a drop-out rate of 21%. Through the years, this program worked to help overcome the large achievement gap for Hispanic/Latino students, low graduation rates, and lack of secondary school completion among this population. In 2016, we tweaked our program, adding individual case management along with the group activities, and we targeted the program to those Hispanic students who were at the highest risk for dropping out of school. At the end of the 2016-2017 school year, Hispanic students at Redmond High showed a 90% graduation rate and, for the first time ever, showed a 0% drop-out rate.
• In 2017, YES launched a new Homelessness Prevention initiative funded by King County's Best Starts for Kids, to help mitigate the risk of imminent homelessness among vulnerable families in East King County. Also in 2017, YES partnered with ICHS and the Bellevue School District to launch the first school-based behavioral health clinic in East King County, at Highland Middle School.

Financials

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YOUTH EASTSIDE SERVICES

Board of directors
as of 8/18/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Phil Kasin

NAES Corporation

Term: 2013 - 2022


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Phil Kasin

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Marilee McGuire

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Tushar Mehta

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Lorena Shih

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Sandy Torrey

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Richard Wagner

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Linda Reichenbach

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Steve Mylett

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Diane Adams

Community Volunteer

Richard Eide

Sweeney Conrad

Shreyans Bothra

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Cortny Bourbonnais

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Gary Cohn

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Tim Clark

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Shellie Dow

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Kathy Englud

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Bill Gormley

Lease Crutcher Lewis

Carmen Halstrom

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Melissa Kanias

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Megan Kullnat

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes