supporting youth mental health
The FYIdaho Team is Growing!
Ruth York, Executive Director
February greetings to all. I am happy to announce the addition of Parker Luce to our staff. Parker will be working with youth and families for us, putting his social work education to good use. He is the first FYIdaho employee to work directly in both arenas, and we are excited at the crossover! This dual role will require lot of time and exposure to our work, so you will start seeing/hearing Parker with us a lot, shadowing our efforts and starting to take on pieces here and there. We are very excited to welcome Parker to FYIdaho where he can contribute a lot to our youth, families, staff and community partners.

Ruth York
Executive Director
YES Medicaid News
During the federal COVID-19 public health emergency, states were not allowed to remove anyone from Medicaid unless they moved out of the state, asked to be removed, or died. This was called continuous Medicaid enrollment or Medicaid Protection.

Recent federal law allows The Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) to remove Idahoans who no longer qualify for Medicaid starting April 1.​

There are about 150,000 people currently enrolled in Medicaid who either don't qualify or have not been in contact with DHW during the public health emergency. Starting Feb. 1, and continuing through July, DHW will send out about 30,000 re-evaluation notices a month.
  • You will have 60 days to respond or you are automatically removed.
  • If they respond in that time, you will be re-evaluated for Medicaid eligibility.
  • Those who do not qualify for Medicaid will be able to discuss their options for accessing health insurance.

Those who currently receive Medicaid should take action to make sure they receive notices about their benefits and re-evaluations. They should report any changes in their household information, including phone number and address. To report any changes or confirm information, call DHW at 877-456-1233, email, or visit
Parent to Parent Support and Education
Parents with youth who have complex diagnoses
Parents and caregivers who have a youth who has both mental health diagnosis and a developmentally disability.

1st Tuesday of the month
February 7th at noon (MST)
Parents facing
The Complexities of
Residential Treatment
Parents and caregivers who need support as their child transitions to residential care or home.

2nd Tues of the month
February 14th at noon (MST)
"Neuro-Spicey" Parents

Parents and caregivers who identify as a neurodivergent parent.

3rd Tues of the month
February 21st at noon (MST)
Coffee Chat:
Parent Voice
For all parents and caregivers to share their insight on the YES system of care

3rd Wednesday of the month
February 15th at noon (MST)

Parents in Northern Idaho

For parents and caregivers in Northern Idaho

4th Tuesday of the month
February 28th at noon (PST)
Hosted by the National Family Support Technical Assistance Center, “Family Connections” is a virtual community for parents and caregivers who support loved ones facing substance use and/or mental health challenges. Families tell us they need credible resources, guidance on accessing help, and the opportunity to connect with others facing similar challenges. Monthly gatherings will focus on a specific topic, provide tips and tools, and offer the opportunity to network with other families. Family Connections takes place the first Thursday of every month at 1:30 p.m. ET.
March 2nd Event
How We Stand Up To Bullying
Understanding The YES Program & Other Idaho Mental Health Resources

Join Idaho Parents Unlimited March webinar as they discuss with FYIdaho the resources available for parents of youth facing mental health challenges.

March 14th at noon (MT)
FYIdaho Teen Programs
Contact Madeline Titelbaum, Youth Programs Coordinator, for more information:
Youth MOVE DiscordYouth MOVE Discord is a virtual group for teens across the state to build community, play games, and practice mental health advocacy. This group meets Sundays 7pm- 8:15pm on the Discord platform.
The Boise Brick House is an after-school drop-in space for 9-12th graders in the Treasure Valley to hang out with friends, eat free food, attend fun events, and have empowering conversations about mental wellness. The Boise Brick House is open Mondays-Wednesdays from 2:45-5:30pm for arts & crafts, games, movies, music, cooking & baking, and more!
Check out our Instagram @theboisebrickhouse to learn more.
Advocacy Opportunities