GPS Core Values and Beliefs


  • Youth have a right to positive personal development opportunities.
  • Every youth thirteen or older deserves access to a peer advocate who can answer questions and provide connections to safe, culturally relevant and self-directed assistance.
  • Every youth should be empowered with information, resources and advocacy to assist in his or her life’s journey.
  • Every youth moving from one service to another should be provided access to transitional planning and support.
  • Youth have the right to safety in expressing sexual and gender diversity without fear of discrimination, social isolation or bullying.


  • Parents, caregivers and youth-identified mentors are essential to a youth’s well-being and should be included and supported in community transitional planning.
  • Parents have the right to raise their children within their own unique family culture without fear of reprisal.
  • Parents have the right to expect high quality consumer driven services and to expect accountability from youth and family serving systems providing those services.
  • Parents have the right to exercise reasonable, compassionate care and control of their minor children when there is medical necessity.
  • Parents have the right to be informed of and understand the long-term challenges of raising a child with complex needs.
  • Parents have the right to be informed of and understand the challenges of finding and accessing services within our complex system of care.


  • Youth and families have the right to peer partners who understand and respect their culture and can communicate with them in their native language.
  • Adults, youth and children have the right to speak and to make decisions about their behavioral and emotional health care.
  • Youth and families have the right to know about the range of wellness and prevention options that might be available to them regardless of their race, ethnicity, level of education, level of English proficiency, location or insurance coverage.
  • Children, youth and families struggling with emotional, behavioral and/or substance abuse have the same rights to safety, non-discrimination, and social inclusion as any other individual.


  • There is value in empowering family members to stay together and support each other.
  • Any perceived family behavioral health or safety concern is too important to be discounted.
  • There is societal value in timely and early intervention that maximizes habilitation.
  • The value of prevention justifies the cost of early education.
  • Youth- and family-serving systems should actively seek to identify and assist those who are experiencing worsening of emotional, behavioral, mental health and substance abuse conditions that endanger life, cause suffering and pain, and reduce quality of life.
  • Family voice is vital for changing laws, policies, and procedures for the way services are rendered for youth and families in King County and beyond.

Main themes

Prevention, Inclusion, Options (family and culturally relevant), Information, Peer Support, Family Empowerment, Quality