About Children's Behavioral Health

The Department of Behavioral Health, in collaboration with Medicaid and other internal and external stakeholders, is charged with the design and implementation of Youth Empowerment Services (YES). YES is Idaho's children's mental health system of care. Magellan Healthcare manages the YES system of care for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. 


If a child is impacted by a serious emotional disturbance (SED), every step toward adulthood can be an uphill climb. For families, the climb can seem overwhelming, so it's not unusual for parents of children with SED to feel alone, helpless, and uncertain about which way to turn. YES provides services and supports that increase the capacity for children with SED and their families to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their community.

Youth Empowerment Services (YES)

YES is open to all youth who may be experiencing behavioral health challenges. YES provides opportunities to youth and their families who would benefit from the services and supports needed to achieve mental wellness.

Who may benefit from YES services?

Are you an Idaho resident under the age of 18 experiencing:

  • Mental health concerns
  • Impacts due to a Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) or are at risk for a SED

YES may be able to help!

To learn more about YES, visit yes.idaho.gov.

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YES provides services and supports for children with SED and their families

Children's Mental Health Participant Survey - FY24

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