Resources that are shared at work group and sub-group meetings are posted on this page.
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 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 forecast and resources
The Department of Health provides monthly updates on its behavioral health forecast.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants
Learn about grant opportunities and how to apply on SAMSHA’s website.
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 2SHB1325. 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 webpage.
School-based behavioral health and suicide prevention
- Youth suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention (OSPI, 2021)
- Tips to Help Parents Reinforce Positive Behaviors at Home (PAVE, 2020)
- Suicide Prevention protocol (Northeast Educational Service District 101, 2020)