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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 affinity 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.
Make a referral or more information

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

Jasmine Martinez
Phone: 253-732-4944

Attend a support or consultation group

For parents/caregivers

The COPE project offers virtual support groups for parents/caregivers. 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, Pierce, Thurston-Mason - family peer support group

  • Each Tuesday of every month
    6 to 8 p.m.

Salish, Southwest, and Great Rivers

  • First Monday of every month
    6 to 7 p.m.

North Sound and North Central

  • Second Wednesday of every month
    11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Spokane and Greater Columbia

  • First Monday of every month
    10 to 11 a.m.
For family peers

King, Pierce, Thurston-Mason

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)