Resources for Children with Mental Illness

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Apple Health  and  Apple Health 4 Kids
Formerly known as Medicaid, Apple Health provides health insurance coverage for children and adults with low-income.

Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)
If your child is enrolled with DDA, you may request a MH evaluation and assessment with a DDA contracted resource.

Behavioral Health Organizations  
Behavioral Health Organizations (BHO) serve children and adults who need higher intensity mental health services not covered by the Apple Health plan, and for substance use treatment.

BHOs coordinate mental health services through contracts with community mental health agencies in their area. BHOs exist in every county except Clark and Skamania (where all mental health services are provided through the individual’s Apple Health Managed Care Organization.)

Medicaid-Funded Behavioral Health Treatment Guide for Individuals and Families

Evaluations & Treatment

Seattle Children’s Hospital
Diagnostic evaluations and short-term mental health treatment for children and teens up to age 18. A full diagnostic evaluation (two or three visits) can clarify why a child is having emotional and behavioral problems and how a mental health or medical professional can help. Toll-Free: 866-987-2000 (ask for Psychiatry and Behavioral
Medicine); Direct Line to Psychiatry: 206-987-2164

Behavioral Health Organizations
(see State Services)

Developmental Disabilities Administration
(see State Services)

Autism Resources

Seattle Children’s Hospital Autism Center
Assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support for autism spectrum disorders.
Seattle: 206-987-8080

NW Autism Center
Information and referral to services, providers, support and resources in the Spokane area and beyond. Community Connections Office (Spokane): 509-328-1582

UW Autism Center
Clinical services, research, and training devoted to supporting individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders (birth through young adulthood).
Toll-free Information and Resource line: 877-408-8922

Advocacy, Information & Support

NAMI Washington (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Advocacy, information and support for individuals with mental illness and
their families. Seattle Office: 206-783-4288

WA Autism Alliance and Advocacy
Support to families and advocacy for improved access to healthcare, education & resources. Redmond Office: 425-894-7231

Autism Society of Washington State
Information & Referral to Families. Toll-Free: 888-279-4968

FEAT of Washington (Families for Effective Treatment of Autism)
Information & referral. Bellevue Office: 425-223-5126


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