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Welcome

Washington State Community Connectors

Connecting families across Washington state to resources, training, and support.

Who We Are

We are a family-driven community of support for caregivers of children with a range of behavioral health needs, including mental health and substance use, as well as other disabilities and challenges within the educational and judicial systems and more. 

About Us

We empower families by providing training on systems in Washington state, including system navigation, leadership skills, and advocacy. This helps create better access to local health, education, and judicial systems for their children and the family as a whole, connecting them to the resources and knowledge that will allow them to be better advocates for their own family members and the community.

Upcoming Events

WSCC Statewide Family Network Open Forum Meeting

This is our every other month meeting to share what is happening around our state and connect with each other.

SUD Family Navigator Training

This 16 hour training is for parents and family members of a person with a Substance Use Disorder (SUD). This is a Healthcare Authority (HCA) approved curriculum created to assist parents, caregivers and other family members in understanding SUD and providing helpful support to the individual they are supporting.

Family, Peer Support and Leadership Workgroup

A safe space for parents/caregivers to identify barriers, gaps, and challenges in providing leadership opportunities and topic specific training to support families in strengthening their tool box. The goal is to ensure WSCC is creating and providing training opportunities for individuals seeking to expand their knowledge of peer and family support, as well as sharing partner organizations trainings. This workgroup will also provide recommendations to the Executive Director in the planning of the annual Children’s Behavioral Health Summit and Parent Weekend Training.

Inpatient Workgroup

A safe space intended to empower families and caregivers to learn and share their experiences with children’s behavioral health services. The goal is to identify barriers, gaps, and challenges statewide to accessing appropriate and effective in-patient children/youth behavioral health services. In turn, the workgroup will strategize and brainstorm potential solutions to recommend to WSCC with the intent to fill these gaps and move the work forward. The identified solutions will then be sent up the chain to our state partners at the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery to influence changes in our System of Care.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

A safe space intended to establish procedures to ensure the work of WSCC is done with these values at the forefront. Identify family leaders of marginalized communities and invite them to join us so we can include their voices in our work. Identify experts on this topic who can partner with us to provide training for the Community Connectors.

Cross Systems Workgroup

A safe space intended to identify barriers, gaps, and challenges statewide to appropriate and effective cross system collaboration communication and services. The goal is to create work plans and find a diverse array of partners to collaborate with WSCC to educate and assist families in becoming familiar to the benefits of having one treatment plan across all systems they may be involved in. The work plan will then be sent up the chain to our state partners at the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery to influence changes in our System of Care.

Outpatient Services Workgroup Meeting

A safe space intended to empower families and caregivers to learn and share their experiences with children’s behavioral health services. The goal is to identify barriers, gaps, and challenges statewide to accessing appropriate and effective outpatient children/youth behavioral health services. In turn, the workgroup will strategize and brainstorm potential solutions to recommend to WSCC with the intent to fill these gaps and move the work forward. The identified solutions will then be sent up the chain to our state partners at the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery to influence changes in our System of Care.

Advocacy/ Leadership Committee

Join one of our committees to support our work.

Social Media and Marketing Committee

Join one of our committees to support our work.

Statewide Family Network Meetings (Committee & Work Groups)

The Community Connectors Statewide Family Network Work Groups/Committees meeting takes place every other month (February, April, June, August, October, December) on the 4th Wednesday at 5:30 PM.
This meeting provides an opportunity for updates and receive feedback on workgroup and committee work. We do Offer participation support for work group and committee members for their participation in this meeting.

Upcoming Events

WSCC Statewide Family Network Open Forum Meeting

This is our every other month meeting to share what is happening around our state and connect with each other.

Salish FYSPRT

Meets virtually on the LAST Monday of each month from 3pm-5pm

Pierce County FYSPRT – HI-FYVE (Family and Youth Voices for Empowerment)

Meets virtually on the 4th Monday of each month from 4pm-5:30pm

Our
Programs

Please let WSCC know if you would like your organization’s information posted that supports Integrated Behavioral Health matters throughout Washington State.

Events

WSCC hosts 2 signature events every year The Children's Behavioral Health Summit (CBHS) and the Parent Training Weekend.

Training and Technical Assistance

WSCC offers a wide variety of training and Technical assistance.

WACBH Statewide Family Network

The goal of WACBHSFN is to enhance family voice at the local and state levels.

Our Community

WSCC is a diverse and inclusive community of Washington state parents, caregivers, and behavioral health professionals. While we come from all walks of life, we have something in common—a passion for advocacy and support of other caregivers to children with behavioral health challenges. We are committed to providing training, connection, and collaboration to Washington state families who are seeking family support as well as services and help for their children. Whether you’re interested in becoming a Community Connector or you need assistance connecting with services, we are so glad you’re here!