YES partners with the Lake Washington and Bellevue School Districts to provide on-site, dually-licensed mental health and substance use counselors. YES provides two types of school-based services Behavioral Health Support Specialists and Fee-Based Mental Health Counseling.
Not all of the services and programs are offered within each school. To learn more about what is available at your child’s school, please contact the school administration or school counselor.
Individual counseling and support
Are you a student in the Lake Washington or Bellevue School Districts? Would you like support with the challenges of dealing with being at home, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, loneliness, irritability, self-doubt, depression, or are you worried about a friend?
School-based YES Behavioral Health Support Specialists are offering virtual, drop-in ZOOM open office hours.
Drop-in/schedule a time during virtual staff hours:
Services are available to all students at no cost whether you have previously met with the YES Counselor at your school or not.
YES offers school-based Wednesday Support Groups to help students with substance use challenges including Affected Others, Recovery and Nicotine Cessation.
These groups are open to all high school and high school level choice school students in LWSD.
Recovery Group Wednesday, 1 – 2 pm
Students who are working toward or are in recovery from substance use. Learn healthy coping skills and tools, along with mindfulness strategies on how to support present and future goals of not using substances. This is an ongoing group, you can join at any time.
Affected Others Group Wednesday, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
This group is for students who are affected by others’ substance use. A confidential space to explore and express feelings, build community, and reduce feelings of isolation. Also, a space to feel empowered and have fun. This is an ongoing group, you can join at any time.
Quit Vaping Now Wednesday, 4 – 5 pm
Students who are wanting to work towards not using nicotine products of any kind. Building motivation to quit by recognizing triggers, learning mindfulness strategies to reduce stress, and creating steps for success with realistic goals. 4-week series, starts again on the first Wednesday of every month.
To participate in any of these groups contact your school counselor (can be found in the virtual hours list above) and they will make a referral to the YES Behavioral Health Support Specialist or Prevention Intervention Specialist in your school building.
Who are Behavioral Health Support Specialists?
Behavioral Health Support Specialists are dually-licensed mental health and substance use counselors who work within elementary, middle, and high schools to provide a full spectrum of services to students at no charge.
Services and programs may include:
- Screenings and assessments for mental health and substance use issues
- Early intervention – Through programs such as SBIRT, universal mental health, and substance use screenings
- Support groups including Affected Others, Recovery, and Nicotine Cessation
- Short-term individual and/ or group counseling and support
- Response to disciplinary infractions
- Suicide risk assessments
- Educational presentations for school staff, students, and parents on mental health and substance use-related issues
- Referrals to community resources, including ongoing care at YES
- Parental support through consultation, education and resource referrals
Fee-Based Mental Health Counseling
In order to decrease the barriers to accessing services YES also provides fee-based 1-to-1 counseling by Masters-level therapists and professional Masters-level interns. This weekly intensive individual counseling supports students who are unable to access services outside of school.
Fee-based counseling is dependent on availability and is billed to insurance or Medicaid.