Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

How to Get Services

How do I get mental health services at Seattle Children’s?

  • Ask your primary care provider to refer you to the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Department. They will help you with the next steps for care.

  • Once we get a referral from your provider, we will review the referral and send a fax to your provider if we need additional information. If we don’t offer the requested service, we will fax a notice to your primary care provider with some suggestions for other options and expect your provider to notify you.

  • Most of our specialty services have a wait.  Some programs require a full evaluation before starting treatment, while others start with a one-time consultation to determine eligibility and match to the service.  When we have an opening, we will call you to schedule.

  • Even if we do not have openings, it is important to get care when your child needs it. There are many resources in the community that can help.

Interested in participating in research?

Even if we do not have space for new patients in our clinics, your child may be able to participate in research. Learn more about our research projects.

In a Crisis?

If your child or family needs help right away, call your mental health crisis line or text HOME to 741741.

If you or a family member has a problem with a substance use disorder, please consider calling SAMHSA’s National Helpline800-662-4357.