Seattle Children's Home (SCH)

Board of Trustees Members (Posted 2/19/2009)  

Founded in 1884, SCH is a private, not-for-profit organization providing treatment programs to address the mental, behavioral and emotional health needs of children and their families throughout Seattle, King County and Washington State.  From humble beginnings as a home for orphaned children, SCH has blossomed into the only mental health facility of its kind in King County.  Our people and programs at Seattle Children's Home build on family foundations and the strengths of the individual child.

Our mission is to help children and their families by providing comprehensive mental health and developmental services.

At SCH, a broad array of assessment and treatment services are provided including:

  • Pediatric Assessment Center – Integrated, multi-disciplinary assessments of children experiencing challenges in many aspects of their lives including home, school and community.
  • Outpatient Counseling & Therapy – Mental health evaluation and counseling for children and their families.
  • Multisystemic Therapy – Treatment for youth with serious behavioral problems and juvenile justice involvement using a national, evidence-based program model.
  • Children’s Justice System Mental Health Liaisons – Provide mental health screening and assessments of youth involved in the King County juvenile justice system which leads to recommendations and referrals used by court personnel and the child and family as needed.
  • Developmental Disabilities Behavior Support Team – Short-term crisis response and in-home behavioral intervention for families of children with developmental disabilities experiencing a mental, emotional or behavioral crisis.
  • McGraw Residential Center – Inpatient psychiatric treatment center providing 24-hr. treatment for adolescents experiencing significant mental health issues.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Attend monthly board meetings in Seattle that are from 4:30-6pm the 3rd Wednesday of the month, with the exception of August and December.
  • Serve on at least one committee and actively participate in meetings of the committee.  Committees usually meet on a monthly or bimonthly basis.
  • Provide organizational direction and assist in oversight of organization policies and programs.
  • Work to achieve the goals and mission of SCH.
  • Actively participate in governance decision making but avoid operational management which falls under the purview of the Executive Director.
  • Make a financial contribution that is meaningful to you.
  • Be actively involved in helping to raise sufficient annual financial support for Seattle Children’s Home.
  • Demonstrate fiscal responsibility for the organization.  It is the duty of each Board member to be familiar with the organization’s budget, monitor progress toward meeting the budget and take an active role in planning the subsequent budget, including exercising prudence in the control and transfer of funds.

Further background materials are on the website, http://www.seattlechildrenshome.org, and are available upon request.                                                                                             

If you are interested please send an email to Sally Pasette [pasetteams@netos.com]   Please include information on your current job, what previous experience you have serving on a board, whether or not you completed a board training program, and how you could be of service to Seattle Children’s Home.

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