Providers at community mental health centers and in private practice can diagnose and treat mental health issues.
Child abuse or neglect
Sexual abuse or sexual assault
Learning disabilities and neuropsychological testing
If your child is covered only by DSHS/Medicaid and lives outside King County, we can only treat your child in our clinics if their county has a contract with us for services. Medicaid requires patients to see a mental health provider who has a contract in the county where the patient lives. Look up providers by county.
Autism and ADHD Study
Seattle Children's researchers Drs. Mark Stein and Soo-Jeong Kim are conducting an IRB-approved research study about autism and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). We are looking for 25 children to join the study. The study will measure the effects of an FDA-approved drug, Quillivant XR, on ADHD symptoms in children who have autism spectrum disorder with attention problems. The study will last for 6 weeks. Your child may be able to join if they are between the ages of 5 and 16 and have a clinical diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and problems with attention. The study will provide an ADHD evaluation and an autism evaluation (if necessary). For more information, contact the study coordinator, Sophie Shonka, at 206-884-7838 or by email.
CARES: Collaborative Adolescent Research on Emotion and Suicide
Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington are providing specialty treatment for adolescents engaging in suicidal behaviors and studying how to help reduce them. We are accepting teenagers (ages 13–18) that are seeking treatment for self-injurious behaviors. See study participation information (PDF).
The Effects of ADHD Medication (TEAM) Study
Seattle Children’s researcher Dr. Mark Stein is conducting an IRB-approved research study about ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) medication. We are studying response to medication in children with ADHD and ADD (attention deficit disorder). The study will last for 12 weeks and you will be paid for your time and travel. You child may be able to join if they are between the ages of 7 and 11, have problems with attention and have not previously taken medications for ADHD or ADD. For more information, contact the study coordinator, Libby Bliss, at 206-884-1488 or by email.
Treating Mothers First Study
Seattle Children’s researcher Dr. Mark Stein is conducting an IRB-approved research study about treating ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) in mothers. We are investigating the impact that mothers’ ADHD treatment might have on children who have problems with attention. We will provide an assessment for adult ADHD. Treatment will last for 16 weeks and includes either medication, parent training sessions or a combination of the two under supervision of a trained physician specializing in ADHD. You may be able to join if you are a mother between 21 and 50 years old, have ADHD or problems with attention and have a child between 3 and 8 years of age. For more information, contact the study coordinator, Libby Bliss, at 206-884-1488 or by email.
Tools for families
Group treatment is available
Seattle Children's offers a number of groups for patients and families of the outpatient psychiatry clinics. The groups can provide hands-on skills and education to children and adolescents who struggle with their emotions and behaviors. Some patients may be referred only to groups or to both individual and group therapy. Some families will benefit from parent seminars which provide skills and education to parents without the child present. Please inquire about the best option for your child during your evaluation feedback meeting with your provider.
Most groups run for 8 to 12 weeks and repeat. If you would like more information about a group, please contact our Psychiatry Support and Crisis Services team at 206-987-2164, option #2.
All links below are to PDFs.
Groups for Kids
Groups for Parents
Parents Are Invited to Join the Psychiatry Family Advisory Group
- Is your child receiving care, or has your child recently received care, at Seattle Children’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine (Seattle Children’s Hospital Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit or outpatient clinic, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Seattle Children’s at Overlake Tower in Bellevue or the Autism Center)?
- Do you have a collaborative spirit and enjoy working with a team of people?
- Would you like to use your experience as a parent to help improve services for all families seen in our department?
- Would you like to help identify and work on specific projects which support and promote family-centered care?
If so, we’d like to talk with you about joining our Psychiatry Family Advisory Group. We are always looking for interested parents. We meet on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Seattle Children's main campus. If you are interested, please email Cindy Langdon or call her at 206-987-8919.