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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?
On this page
- Contact Washington's Mental Health Referral Service for Children and Teens. This service is available to all Washington families with children age 17 and younger whether they are enrolled in Apple Health or not. This free, telephone-based referral service connects children and teens with evidence-supported outpatient mental health services in their community.
- Families can call 1-833-303-5437, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time, to connect with a referral specialist.
- Visit The Center of Parent Excellence (COPE) Project to find support.
- Call your insurance provider using the phone number on the back of your insurance card.
- Enroll in Washington Apple Health (Medicaid).
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.
Explore the following resources for behavioral health services in Washington State.
- Children's Long-term Mental Health Inpatient Program
- First Episode Psychosis Program and Early Psychosis Initiative
- System of care (SOC) grant
- Family initiated treatment (FIT)
- Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe)
- Youth substance use services
- Healthy Transitions grant
- Family Youth System partner round tables
- Washington State Children's Behavioral Health Statewide Family Network
- Statewide Youth Leadership Network
Collaborations, round tables, and work groups provide guidance, direction, and oversight.