Advocacy, Support, and Resources

Connect with advocacy groups and find support for you and your child. Learn more about serious emotional disturbance and mental health. 

Children's Behavioral Health resources

View the resources linked below to learn about Children's Mental Health services, our concern and complaint process, our guide for appeals an fair hearings as well as crisis planning.  

A group of laughing smiling children
Access Youth Empowerment Services (YES)
Find more information, resources, and support
Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Meetings
Interagency Governance Team (IGT) Meetings

The Interagency Governance Team (IGT) is responsible for collaboratively coordinating and overseeing the implementation of the Jeff D. Settlement Agreement. This team consists of representatives from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the Idaho State Department of Education, and the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections, county detention, parents, youth, providers, and community members.

The IGT meets on the second Wednesday of the month. Minutes from the meetings are public and may be viewed on the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) website. Additional IGT documents, the Operational Guidelines and the Workgroup Charter can be found on the YES website

State Hospital information

State Hospital South

State Hospital South is located at 700 East Alice, Blackfoot, ID 83221 and the phone number is 208-785-1200

State Hospital South is offering limited patient visitation at this time due to COVID-19. If you would like to visit a patient, schedule the visitation through the patient’s clinician. State Hospital South in Blackfoot provides psychiatric inpatient treatment and skilled nursing care for Idaho’s adult and adolescent citizens with the most serious and persistent mental illnesses. The hospital works in partnership with families and communities to enable clients to return to community living. State Hospital South includes 90 psychiatric adult beds, 29 skilled nursing beds, and 16 beds for adolescents. It also maintains a statewide program to restore competency of criminal justice patients. The 29 skilled nursing beds in the Syringa Chalet Nursing Facility offer services to consumers with a history of behavioral or psychiatric illness. Adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 are treated in a psychiatric unit that is geographically separate from adult treatment.


State Hospital West

State Hospital West is located at 1652 11th Ave N, Nampa, ID 83687 and the phone number is 208-606-7777.

At State Hospital West, we are committed to the mission of serving youth, families, our colleagues, co-workers, and community. We believe in the growth and potential of all we serve and act as stewards in the preservation of youth, families, and other precious resources. Our vision is that by serving others with integrity and compassion, we lift them up so that they can be healthier, happier, wiser, autonomous, and more able to serve themselves and others.