Potential government shutdown

In the event of a federal government shutdown, individuals enrolled in Apple Health (Medicaid), Public Employees Benefits Board, and School Employees Benefits Board coverage—and those accessing behavioral health services—will not experience a disruption in care. In addition, health care providers will continue to be paid for the services they provide.

If a shutdown occurs, we will share more information at that time.

Infant-early childhood mental health statewide tour

In partnership with local organizations, HCA's Infant Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) team conducted a tour to visit mental health providers and community partners in each region of the state in the summer of 2023. The tour included provider listening sessions with Apple Health mental health providers and community networking events to connect local organizations who support families of young children eligible for Apple Health. 

Provider listening sessions

Apple Health (Medicaid) contracting and billing is a complex process in general, and services for infant-early childhood mental health (IECMH) treatment, a newer concept for care, can feel even more complex. Feedback from providers, like that outlined in the recent Mental Health Assessment for Young Children (MHAYC) Implementation report, has called attention to the need for additional supports.

HCA hosted ten provider listening sessions to hear from over 100 Apple Health providers about their experiences with mental health services for families of infants and young children, including mental health assessments for young children.

Key topics for listening sessions included:

  • Awareness and understanding of how to work with children birth through five and their families.
  • Incorporating multi-session assessments and DC:0-5™ into electronic health records.
  • Understanding agency policies, provider concerns, and successes for implementing provider travel.
  • Shared lessons to documenting the use of DC:0-5™ within clinical records.

Please see our guiding questions for more information about the questions asked during the listening sessions.

Not able to attend a Provider Listening Session?

If your organization was not able to attend a Provider Listening Session, you can still share your thoughts with us, until October 13! Provide your responses to our guiding questions via email to Kiki Fabian, or for an anonymous option, submit your responses through this online form.

Want to know what we learned?

HCA staff anticipate that they will publish a report on findings from the listening sessions in late winter 2023. Be sure you’re subscribed to our email list to get the latest updates on our findings!

Community networking

Following provider listening session, HCA and partners hosted informal community networking events for local organizations that support families of young children.

These networking events offered a space to learn about available resources and connect with partners in their communities.

There are currently no upcoming Community Networking events scheduled.

Our partners

HCA is deeply appreciative of the many community organizations who are partnering with us to host, coordinate, facilitate, and market these events. In particular, we are grateful to the following organizations:

  • Benton-Franklin Health District
  • Catholic Charities of Central Washington
  • Children’s Home Society of Washington
  • Clark County Public Health
  • Columbia Wellness
  • Elevate Health
  • Grays County Public Health
  • HopeSparks
  • Kids Mental Health Pierce County
  • King County Best Starts for Kids
  • King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division
  • Peninsula Early Childhood Coalition
  • Pierce County Early Childhood Network
  • Pierce County Human Services
  • Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
  • Southwest Washington Accountable Community of Health (SWACH)
  • Spokane Regional Health District


Christine Cole, LCSW, IMH-E®
Infant and early childhood mental health program manager

Kimberly “Kiki” Fabian, M. Ed
Infant and early childhood mental health systems analyst