School-Based Mental Health Program Making an Impact in King County Schools  

In the four years since the School-Based Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to services or Treatment (SB SBIRT) began in King County, more than 25,000 middle school students were screened, more than 11,500 students completed a connection to services or treatment either internally at their school or with external mental health professionals, and more than…

Neurodiversity and Youth Mental Health: resources and an upcoming legislative forum

Young people from all walks of life, backgrounds, and experiences bring rich contributions to our community, and young people who are neurodivergent have essential perspectives and contributions that our community benefits from.   Yet, people who are neurodiverse run into obstacles in a world built for people who are neurotypical. Those challenges are even more pronounced…

King County Department of Community and Human Services Launches Data Dashboard Measuring Impact of Countywide Initiatives  

The Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) is excited to debut the new DCHS Dashboard that takes a detailed look at the programs and initiatives funded by the department, and the residents reached countywide. DCHS provides resources and services for the more than 2.3 million King County residents. The team at DCHS connects people…

Application for Best Starts Child Care Subsidy now open to families!

Editor's note: this post was updated to reflect the total funds dedicated to the Best Starts Child Care Subsidy: $160 million over six years. A thriving and equitable child care system is essential for our communities. Child care supports parents and guardians in the workforce; provides babies and children with nurturing spaces where they can…

July is BIPOC Mental Health Month — A look at some of what’s going on in DCHS  

As BIPOC Mental Health Month comes to a close, we at the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) want to highlight some of the work DCHS is doing to address BIPOC mental health and increase culturally relevant programming. 

Young people speaking up about mental health: Adar Abdi

This was originally posted on the Best Starts for Kids blog.  To honor BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month, we are featuring a story from a young person who explores the impacts of mental health challenges and the public health crisis of systemic racism.   Across our region and country, young people are navigating the ramifications of racism…