Washington State Department of Health
Settings: High Schools, Community Service Centers, Institutions of Higher Education
The Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) will work with collaborators at the community, regional, and state levels to provide services to expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families. WSDOH will focus on providing services in five counties: Adams, Benton, Franklin, Grant, and Pierce. WSDOH’s program provides: stable housing; access to childcare to encourage retention in high school; mental health and substance misuse/dependency screening and referrals; domestic violence advocacy; tools to connect young parents to developmental screenings; and other services, including job readiness, employment services, and legal aid. The program’s expected outcomes include increased educational achievement, reduced subsequent teen pregnancies, enhanced community capacity to support expectant and parenting teens, increased healthy starts for children, economic and workforce development, stable housing for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, improved parenting and healthy relationship skills, and increased access to social and supportive services.