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Pilot Program an Important Baby-Step Toward Mental Health Care for Kids

Pilot Program an Important Baby-Step Toward Mental Health Care for Kids

Access to mental health services just got easier — at least for a segment of our population and on a trial basis. The Partnership Access Line (PAL) Plus provides an access channel to mental and behavioral health treatment for low-income children in Benton and Franklin counties. The program is a pilot spun from the original PAL program at Seattle Children’s Hospital. “I’m hopeful we have a chance to help some kids who wouldn’t get help otherwise,” said Dr. Robert Hilt, the program’s director.

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