The Washington State Mental Health Referral Service for Children and Teens
Washington’s Mental Health Referral Service for Children and Teens connects patients and families with evidence-supported outpatient mental health services in their community. This free, telephone-based referral service provides mental health referrals for children and teens 17 and younger throughout Washington.
Families can call 833-303-5437, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific), to connect with a referral specialist.
Please note: The referral service will ask for information including your mental health needs, location, and health insurance plan.
Pediatric mental health toolkit for hospitals
Critical Crossroads: Pediatric Mental Health Care in the Emergency Department toolkit provides resources, literature references and tools hospitals can use to improve the identification and management of children and adolescents who present to the emergency department with a mental health crisis.
The toolkit also contains a template designed to help hospitals establish a customized care pathway, with special acknowledgment given to the unique challenges that face rural communities.
Washington state behavioral health resources and recommendations
The Department of Health provides situation reports on children and youth resiliency and health. Find more information about behavioral health resources on the Department of Health website.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants
Learn about grant opportunities and how to apply on SAMSHA’s website.
Washington State Community Connectors
Washington State Community Connectors offers community resources that are family-driven to support families and caregivers with a range of behavioral health needs.
Northwest PANDA/PANS Network
This network raises awareness about PANDAS/PANS and supports children who are diagnosed with it and their families.
Prenatal through five relational health
In 2021, the legislature passed House Bill 1325. The bill aligns Apple Health (Medicaid) requirements with the best clinical practices for mental health assessments for children ages birth through age five. You can get up-to-date information on policy and billing changes on HCA’s Mental health assessment for young children website.
School-based behavioral health and suicide prevention