Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
The providers in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Department assess, diagnose and treat children and adolescents from infancy to age 18. Services for young adults 18 to 21 may be available in specialized programs. A primary focus is treatment of children and adolescents with coping, behavioral or psychiatric concerns associated with acute or chronic medical illnesses or neurodevelopmental disorders, such as organ transplant, cancer and craniofacial issues. We utilize a variety of state-of-the-art modalities to assess and treat complex or unusual psychiatric and psychological disorders. A request from a primary care or behavioral health provider is required to be seen in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Department at Seattle Children's.
Areas of Particular Focus
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Complicated and or treatment resistant attention deficit disorders
- Children with co-occurring medical and surgical conditions
- Depression/anxiety/mood and bipolar disorders with co-existing medical illnesses
- Eating disorders - pre-care evaluation to assess inpatient treatment, and limited outpatient services
- Inpatient hospitalization for children and adolescents who require short term stabilization and support for reintegration into their communities.
- Telepsychiatry service for long-distance consultation with partner sites in Wenatchee, Olympia, Yakima, Longview and Aberdeen, Washington, and Ketchikan, Alaska
Providers at local community mental health centers and in the private practice community are able to provide appropriate diagnosis and treatment of primary mental health issues. We support a system that emphasizes receiving primary care services from these community providers and have provided a list of resources for your reference.
Medicaid requires that patients receive mental health care in their county of residence if they meet Washington state access to care criteria. If a second opinion or consultation is needed regarding medication, please call the Partnership Access Line at 866-599-PALS (7257). Otherwise, all patients funded by Medicaid or Healthy Options who reside outside of King County should be referred to a local community mental health center contracted with the Regional Services Network (RSN).
Submitting a Request for a New Appointment
You may either phone or fax in your request for a new appointment. Please have your patient/family call our intake office at 206-987-3560 after you send or call in your referral.
To phone in a request
Your call will be processed by a family service representative in the Intake Office, who will collect brief demographic and clinical information about your patient. The intake staff may request that you fax additional clinical information so they can triage and prepare for the appointment appropriately.
To fax in a request
The New Appointment Request Form (NARF) (PDF) is used for new requests to all clinics in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Department.
Please fax the New Appointment Request Form to 206-985-3121.
To ensure appropriate scheduling and coordination of your patient's care with Children's, please include all information requested on the NARF.
A member of the intake staff will review the request and contact you with any questions or to request additional information.
You will receive a fax confirming that your NARF has been received. Once an appointment is scheduled, you will receive a letter with the date and time of the appointment.
Intake staff in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Department are available to consult with referring primary care providers regarding potential patients being referred to the department, status of referrals, alternative community referrals and questions regarding insurance coverage. You can reach our staff in several ways, including
Clinical consultation remains available through the provider line at 206-987-2164.
We welcome your inquiries regarding our department and services.
Partnership Access Line (PAL)
The Partnership Access Line (PAL) is a telephone-based child mental health consultation system for primary care providers. PAL serves the states of Washington and Wyoming. PAL is staffed by child and adolescent psychiatrists affiliated with the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital to deliver its consultation services. In addition, PAL has a master’s-level social worker who can assist with finding mental health resources for patients with any type of insurance (state, private or no insurance).
PAL is available to primary care doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants throughout the states of Washington and Wyoming.
PAL provides rapid consultation responses during business hours for any type of mental health issue that arises with any child.
- Washington PAL is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time by calling 1-866-599-7257.
- Wyoming PAL is available 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mountain time by calling 1-877-501-7257.
Healthcare providers do not have to enroll to use the service; simply call the toll-free number during business hours with any type of child mental health question.
PAL is currently available throughout the state of Washington and Wyoming. Learn more.
Community Behavioral Health Resources
Below is a list of those diagnoses or conditions for which community resources are available to serve your patients' needs. We have included links that may help you find appropriate help for your child.
Patients who are covered only by DSHS/Medicaid and reside outside of King County
- Due to Medicaid requirements for mental health service provision within the county of residence, patients need to be referred to a contracted provider in their county of residence.
Uncomplicated and/or untreated attention deficit disorders
Sexual abuse/sexual assault
- Report child abuse or neglect (Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Children's Administration)
- King County Sexual Assault Resource Center