Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
When to Choose Us
When to Choose Us
Seattle Children’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine team specializes in certain conditions and services to provide excellent care to every family we serve.
We often have more requests from new patients than we have open appointments. If you are considering choosing us:
- See how to get services.
- See which conditions we do and do not treat.
- Find out which services we do and do not provide.
What if my child has Washington Apple Health (Medicaid)?
Your child must see a mental health provider who has a contract with a behavioral health organization (BHO) in the county where your child lives. Our Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Department only has a contract with King County and can accept those referrals when we have capacity. Find a provider in your county (PDF).
Have insurance questions?
- Some insurance plans have Seattle Children’s as an in-network provider for medical services and an out-of-network provider for mental health services.
- Even if your plan offers an out-of-network benefit, we are not accepting new patients for our mental health services if their insurance does not include Seattle Children’s as an in-network provider.
- Learn about mental health insurance coverage at Seattle Children’s.
If No Appointments Are Available
It is important to get care when your child needs it, and there are many resources in the community that can help. If no appointments are available at Seattle Children’s, you might find these options helpful:
- Talk with your child’s primary care provider.
- Contact Washington’s Mental Health Referral Service for Children and Teens to find providers in your local area who fit your child’s mental health needs.
- Read guidelines for choosing a mental health provider (PDF) (Spanish).
- Seek support from Guided Pathways.
- Many resources in the community can help. Learn more.