In this episode we sit down with Laura Wallis, Co-director of the Idaho Parent Network for Children’s Mental Health. Laura shares her experience as a professional civil engineer and how borrowing logical frameworks and applying engineering principals to human services practices could bring about more effective and efficient care.
After having children and recognizing one had significant mental health challenges and developmental disabilities, Laura became an advocate for children’s mental health reform, and participated in the implementation of Idaho’s Youth Empowerment Services (YES) system of care. A system designer, technical writer and public speaker, Laura sits on multiple boards, and is the Co-director of the Idaho Parent Network for Children’s Mental Health. She volunteers her time to help Idaho parents understand the YES system of care by creating parent resources and educating providers on how best to meet families where they are.