The Center of Parent Excellence (COPE) project

The COPE project was developed as a support to enhance our System of Care framework. The project is intended to provide a pathway for Washington State parents who are accessing and navigating the children’s behavioral health system to have peer support to ease their journey, whenever possible.

Support is provided by A Common Voice, a statewide, family-run nonprofit organization that provides advocacy and support for families whose children have intensive behavioral health needs. 

Find help through the COPE project

The COPE project is staffed by lead parent support specialists, hired for their lived experience as a parent/caregiver. If you are a Washington State parent/caregiver of a child/youth who may benefit from assistance accessing and navigating behavioral health services, please contact your regional lead parent support specialist.

COPE project services

Important! Services are available regardless of your health insurance status.

Services offered:

  • One on one support for parents/caregivers accessing and navigating behavioral health services on behalf of your child. Support can be accessed by a phone call or email to the lead parent support specialist for your county.
  • Support groups provided twice a month for parent that are set up by region and can be accessed below.
  • Monthly consultation groups designed for employed family peers who are employed in Washington State's behavioral health system and can be accessed.
  • Assistance to WISe Child and Family Teams (CFTs), upon request, to address their concerns and barriers. The COPE project will track recurring system gaps and barriers and advance them to the local and/or regional FYSPRT.
Lead parent support specialists

A Common Voice, C.O.P.E. project

Tony Reda (King, Pierce, and Thurston-Mason counties)
Phone: 253-732-3461

Lauren Woodbeck (Salish, Southwest, and Great Rivers counties)
Phone: 253-732-3264

Nicole Murphy (Salish, Southwest, and Great Rivers counties)
Phone: 253-732-1019

Andee Martinez (North Sound and North Central counties)

Attend a support or consultation group

For parents/caregivers

The COPE project offers virtual support groups for parents/caregivers residing in each region. You can meet other parents, hear their stories, share your story, and get helpful information. Support group meetings occur twice a month using a Zoom virtual platform.

King County

Thurston-Mason counties

Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat counties

Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish counties

Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, and Grant counties

Pierce County

Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap counties

Grays Harbor, Pacific, Lewis, and Cowlitz counties

Kittitas, Yakima, Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, Columbia, Whitman, Garfield, and Asotin counties

Spokane, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, and Adams counties


For family peers

King, Pierce, Thurston, and Mason counties

  • Fourth Thursday of every month
    6 to 7:30 p.m.

Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, or Grant counties (North Sound and North Central)

  • Second Thursday of every month
    5 to 6:30 p.m.

Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, Grays Harbor, Pacific, Lewis, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania, or Klickitat counties (Southwest, Great Rivers, and Salish)

Kittitas, Yakima, Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, Columbia, Whitman, Garfield, Asotin, Spokane, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln and Adams counties (Spokane and Greater Columbia)