Providers at community mental health centers and in private practice can diagnose and treat mental health issues.
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.
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).
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.
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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.
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