Community Needs Assessment

Guided Pathways – Support for Youth and Families is in the middle of a Community Needs Assessment. In the fall of 2013 GPS held Community Cafés in 9 different communities. These are the preliminary findings. For the full report go to: CNA Interim Report no maps, CNA Maps 1-3CNA Maps 4-7

The Voices of Families

What is most troubling?

Parents say its:Depressed Girl CNA

  • The crushing financial burden of helping their children.
  • Isolation and being blamed.
  • Waiting lists for treatment when the need is urgent.
  • Schools that can’t support troubled children or their families.
  • Lack of parent voice.
  • The age of consent for treatment set at 14 years.

Who can best help families?

Parents say its people who:

  • Listen and do not judge.
  • See the underlying sadness beneath our anger.
  • Can intervene and help us overcome our fears of getting the system involved.
  • Services that are strength focused.
  • Services that fit culturally and are inclusive.

Youth say its people who:

  • Are positive and have high expectations
  • Accept and do not judge
  • Offer help that is inclusive and fits culturally

What would families like to see from Guided Pathways?CNA Kids Backs

  • Mentors and recreational/social activities for youth
  • Support for youth transitioning into adulthood
  • Support groups for parents
  • More parent partners
  • Education of parents, providers, law enforcement, and teachers about mental illness, trauma informed care, roles of parent partners and more.
  • Advocacy for individual families as well as at system and policy levels
  • “Be the common thread” for collaboration and coordination between systems and connecting children to services
  • Outreach to homeless youth
  • Tutoring programs
  • Breaking down the stigma

King County Families by the NumbersCNA Dad and son

«  King County is large and complex. 361,000 children live in 38 cities and 26 unincorporated communities and are served by 18 public school districts.

«  14% of families living in cities have single parents while almost 20% of those living in unincorporated areas are led by single parents.  Fathers lead many of these families.

«  36% of the 272,000 children attending public school are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

«  Southwest King County has the highest proportion of poor children as well as children who are ethnically and racially diverse.

«  An estimated 28,000 children experience multiple symptoms of mental conditions.

«  1,100 children are in special education for emotional or behavioral disabilities and 3,000 with autism.

«  A troubling number of youth experience serious depression and have thought of committing suicide in the last year.  The numbers vary by school district but range as high as 1 in 4 among 10th graders.

«  Depressed youth are not accessing services. Only 13% of teens ages 13-18 with suicidal thoughts visited a mental health professional in a GHC/UW study.

«  20-25% of 10th graders drink alcohol and between 12-25% depending on school district report smoking marijuana.

«  Services are reaching youth.  In 2012 more than:CNA Crying Girl

  • 6500 received outpatient substance abuse treatment
  • 1400 received school based services
  • 500 received wrap around services
  • 950 received crisis support through CCORS.