How does the referral service identify mental health providers?

Washington’s Mental Health Referral Service keeps a database of licensed mental health outpatient providers that we update daily. Information comes from health plan panels of providers and outreach calls we make.

Pediatric mental health providers in Washington state who want to be added to the database can call 833-303-5437 or fill out an online form.

The database includes details such as:

  • If the provider has openings for new patients
  • Provider’s mental health specialties and types of treatment offered
  • Which health insurance or state programs the provider accepts

What evidence-supported therapies do providers offer?

A goal of the service is to match families with an evidence-supported practice when possible. These therapies include:

  • Addiction treatment (substances/internet/gaming)
  • Applied behavioral analysis (ABA)
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral intervention for tics and habit reversal therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Eating disorder treatment
  • Exposure and response prevention therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Infant/parent dyad therapy
  • Insight-oriented therapy
  • Neurofeedback
  • Parent management training
  • Telemental health
  • Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy

Is this part of Seattle Children’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Program?

No. Seattle Children’s operates the Mental Health Referral Service for Washington state. The service is for children and teens from across Washington who need outpatient mental health services in their local communities. Patients do not need to be seen at Seattle Children’s.