Over 2,000 professionals from mental health and substance use systems of care gathered in the nation’s capital to share knowledge and best practices. YES Institute shared results of partnerships with OurKids of Miami-Dade & Monroe, South Florida Behavioral Health Network, and Citrus Health Network, highlighting both individual and organization-level changes. (Data available here)
Many providers lamented their ineffectiveness in making a notable difference for gay and transgender young people within child welfare. One provider commented, “Many of these youth are kicked out by their families. Then they are denied placement, and forced out of treatment facilities because staff don’t know where to place them.”
YES Institute’s unique approach opened new possibilities for attendees:
“I have been shut down by my colleagues on even starting conversations about gay youth. This is the way to make true change and keep all young people safe.”
“I’ve never seen an approach like this to these topics. Now I can support staff so they can help these youth develop their voices.”
“Loved it! I will take these tools back to my agency and the schools where we work. I see how we can take action even though we may disagree.”
YES Institute formed connections with leaders in mental and behavioral health systems across the U.S., many of whom are interested in bringing our education to their agencies. Thank you to our generous private donors who made this opportunity possible.
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