MIKID History

History Overview

MIKID’s history stemmed from one individual’s overwhelming concern for the lack of services provided for children in the mental health field and the many serious issues that were not being properly addressed. Sue Gilbertson began her quest in 1984 when her son, Eric, was diagnosed with mental illness. In trying to get assistance for her son, Ms. Gilbertson found herself amidst a conventional medical community that was simply not equipped to handle the problems her son was facing. She was confronted with a community that was indifferent and uncooperative to her needs.

MIKID has a history and reputation for having a focus on youth and youth-voice, as well as on the adults in the families we serve. In an effort to further this youth focus, MIKID created Youth Summits, a one-day Leadership training for youth, particularly focusing on Transition Age Youth (TAY). MIKID has provided Youth Leadership Summits the past 3 years for Cenpatico GSA’s (geographic service areas). In 2014, MIKID was given an award of excellence by Cenpatico Behavioral Health for the youth summits in Casa Grande and Yuma.

MIKID was a past recipient of the Statewide Family Network grant from SAMHSA, and successfully completed the project goals outlined in the grant.

In the Beginning

Ms. Gilbertson later came to realize that her struggles were not isolated incidents. She met other families facing similar situations in requesting help for their children who had behavior health challenges. Sue took on the responsibility of uniting these families and worked together with them to build a better mental health system for their children. Through the efforts of Ms. Gilbertson, families were first brought together in a support group on March 11, 1987. This led to the formation of MIKID.


MIKID employs 125+ professionally trained staff offering an array of services to families of children with emotional and behavioral challenges. Last year MIKID served families in 69 Arizona cities and towns. As you will note throughout our website, MIKID provides education, resources, and support to hundreds of Arizona families annually.

Serving Arizona Communities for 30 years!