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Mental Wellness

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Boys & Girls Club of King County is committed to the mental wellness of all who enter our doors.

Mental Wellness


Boys & Girls Club of King County is committed to the mental wellness of all who enter our doors.

Boys & Girls Club of King County is committed to meeting the needs of youth. We are implementing behavioral and Mental Health professional services to establish organizational structures, day-to-day practices and policies, staff training, one on one clinical support, and provide cultural approaches to serve the diverse youth and staff. We are establishing metrics to measure the effectiveness of the services.

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At Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, we've dedicated our efforts during and post-pandemic to collaborate closely with Mental Health specialists in understanding the dynamic mental health needs at our Clubs, both for youth members and for our staff. In response to these insights, we've teamed up with our Mental Health Committee and community partners to establish a comprehensive framework that caters to youth of all age groups, from teens to elementary-aged kiddos. This initiative encompasses training for youth development professionals, equipping them to optimally support Club youth. The framework integrates evidence-based interventions and programs to fortify the mental wellness of both youth and staff.

Mental Wellness Initiative Team

Behavioral Support Specialist

Provide on-site behavior management support to youth, train and collaborate with club staff to implement club-wide behavior support strategies and social emotional learning programming, and engage with parents and school partners to create individual behavior support plans for identified youth.

Mental Health Therapist

Clinicians offer individual therapy to youth identified by the Behavioral Health Specialist or, for those 13 and older, self-referred, ensuring one-on-one support within the Club.

Mental Wellness Assistant Director

A licensed Mental Health specialist with expertise in youth and educational settings, who spearheads the Club’s Mental Wellness program, aiding partners and team members, designing performance metrics, shaping Club environments, and fostering strong ties with school districts for enhanced support.
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Mental Health Committee

Charting our future course, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County proudly introduced in 2022 a distinguished and diverse assembly of local Mental Health experts from the community. This committee stands as both a consultative platform and a reservoir of profound expertise in Mental Wellness to help guide and shape our Mental Wellness program.
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  • Tim Batten-King, Senior Teen Director, North Seattle Boys & Girls Club
  • Katrina Carleton, Director of School Partnerships, Seneca Family of Agencies
  • Kendrick Davis, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County Area Director
  • Erica de los Reyes, Mental Health Therapist
  • Brooks Einstein, Key Bank, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County Board Member
  • Mark Fadool, Director of the NPSA Foundation, UW CoLAB, and former Clinical Director at Seattle Children's Odessa Brown Clinic
  • Stacy Hoover, MNLP, King County Leadership Development Team Lead, Learning and Development
  • Ye Hoffman, Health Evolution, Mercer Island CAB Member, Mercer Island Club Parent
  • Abby Kensok, Director of Counseling Services, The Brooks Powers Group
  • Delaney Knottnerus, MSW, King County School Based: Screening, Brief Intervention, & Referral To (SB:SBIRT) Prevention Specialist
  • Marti Liddell, Internal Medicine Physician (retired), Polyclinic, YouthForce Club Advisory Board President
  • Kirsten Lillquist, Program Director, BF Day Elementary Boys & Girls Club
  • Morgan McCabe, Education Director, Juanita Elementary Boys & Girls Club
  • Juanita Palaki, Operations Director, Redmond/Sammamish Boys & Girls Club
  • Julie Prentice, Mental Health Advocate
  • Caroline Renkin, M.Ed., BCBA. Assistant Director of School Behavior Services, The Brooks Powers Group
  • Cynthia Ricks-Maccotan, Community Integration Program Manager Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, Boys & Girls Clubs of King County Board Member
  • Jacqueline Rivera, LICSW. Assistant Director of Mental Wellness Programming
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Our Mental Wellness Partners

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