Health doesn’t just happen in a doctor’s office.
According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have, or will have a serious mental illness. CDC research indicates 1 out of 7 children aged 2 – 8 years are reported to have a diagnosed mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder.
We want to change that.
Lack of awareness and stigma keep many children who have behavioral or emotional health concerns from getting help. And even when they seek help, Idaho has a shortage of professionals trained in early recognition and intervention that can help prevent academic failure, substance abuse, and involvement in the justice system.
In response to this pressing issue, the Foundation launched the Youth Behavioral Health Initiative to build partnerships with schools and communities to improve access to needed behavioral health services and support.
50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14.
With The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health financial and strategic support, community partners are hosting trainings for parents, teachers, childcare providers, medical providers and others that cover:
Learning and development disorders
Mental health challenges
Recognizing warning signs
Self-Image and Self-Esteem
Healthy Minds Partnership Roadmap
A guide for schools looking to increase access to specialty behavioral health services for students and families.
In 2018, the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health provided funding for a “roadmap” to help communities across Idaho jump start partnerships between schools and specialty behavioral health providers to increase access to services. We have taken lessons learned from several school partnerships in the Treasure Valley and have done our best to share candid observations, tips/tricks, and helpful resources from our work. Our hope is that your community can take this information to meet the needs of your students and families.
For more information and to request a copy of the Healthy Minds Partnership Roadmap, click here.