Prenatal, child, and young adult behavioral health services

Behavioral health (mental health, substance use disorder (SUD), and problem gambling) services are available to children, youth, and young people from birth through age 25 and their families. This page will help you learn how to pay for and get services. Youth ages 13 and older can get behavioral health services without prior consent from a parent, guardian, or  a family member. 

Does your child or young person need immediate help?

Do you want to receive announcements about prenatal, child, and young adult behavioral health?

How do I find services for a child or young person?

How much do services cost?

There is no cost for services provided to families enrolled in Apple Health. Reduced fees are available for eligible families enrolled in a Washington health plan.

Other health plans offer different premiums and fees for services. Some services at community agencies are provided on a sliding-fee scale.

Private health insurance plans are managed by the Office of Insurance Commissioner. Please contact their office for questions or concerns. Online and printed telephone directories have lists of counselors and behavioral health agencies in the counseling section or community services pages.

Learn more about prenatal, child, and young adult services

Explore the following resources for behavioral health services in Washington State.

Services and programs
Collaborations, round tables, and workgroups

Collaborations, round tables, and work groups provide guidance, direction, and oversight.

No shame in your brain campaign

HCA launched a new mental health promotion campaign entitled "No Shame in Your Brain" directed towards youth ages 13-18. The campaign promotes easy-to-access resources by text or phone for youth who want to connect and talk with someone. The campaign focuses on socializing mental health as a positive concept and celebrates the unique qualities of teens.

You can learn more about the campaign by reading the no shame in your brain toolkit.

Medicaid school-based behavioral health services and billing toolkit

The Medicaid school-based behavioral health services and billing toolkit is a resource intended for school districts and educational service districts. The toolkit includes information about:

  • Different Medicaid funding options available to local education agencies.
  • Information on how to become licensed as a behavioral health agency (BHA) with the Department of Health.
  • Examples of Medicaid-covered behavioral health services, behavioral health resources and supports for schools. 
  • Best practices for working with and contracting with the Medicaid managed care organizations in order to receive Medicaid reimbursement for behavioral health services provided to K-12 students.

View the toolkit.