Mental Health Services in Washington State

Does your child have a dual diagnosis of I/DD and mental illness?  If so, overlapping systems can make it difficult to know where to turn for crisis intervention, evaluation, and treatment (including individual therapy, group therapy and medication management).  Except in the case of life-threatening emergency – when it’s time to call 911 – the following offers a simple guide to three main access points

1. Primary Care Provider

Covered by:  Apple Health (formerly Medicaid); Medicare; Private Insurance
For children and adults receiving Apple Health/Medicaid who do not meet  Access to Care Standards, and individuals covered under private insurance or Medicare.  Contact your primary care provider for evaluation, treatment and/or referral to a mental health professional enrolled in Apple Health or your private health care plan.

2. Regional Support Network (RSN)

Covered by: DSHS Behavioral Health and Service Integration Administration (BHSIA) for Medicaid-eligible individuals
For children and adults with a serious mental illness who meet Access to Care Standards.  RSNs coordinate mental health services through contracts with community mental health agencies in their area. Contact your local RSN to arrange for an assessment.

RSN Access to Care Standards

RSN provides assistance to individuals who are:

  • Determined to have a  mental illness under a covered diagnosis
  • Experiencing impairment and corresponding need as a result of mental illness
  • Able to benefit from an intervention calculated to improve, stabilize or prevent deterioration of functioning resulting from the presense of a mental illness
  • Unable to meet the need more appropriate in any other formal or informal system or support

3. Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)

For children and adults enrolled with DDA.  Contact your DDA Case Resource manager to request behavioral support or behavioral health stabilization services.

For additional Mental Health Resources, click here.


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