Youth Mental Health Resources2023-04-23T10:51:40-07:00


Trans Life Line* (all ages)
Call: 1-877-565-8860
Available: 7am-1am, everyday
*Completely ran by trans people

The Trevor Project (Ages 13-25)
+Trevor Lifeline Hotline
*All options are 24 hours, 7 days*
+Trevor Online Chat board
Website>click TrevorChat
+Trevor Text Line
Text “START” to 678678
+Trevor Space

Oasis Youth Center Warmline* (All ages)
Call: 1-253-988-2108
Available: 24/7
*Not staffed by licensed counselors
*Can help you brainstorm ideas/resources

Catholic Community Services: Youth Mobile Crisis Services

Children and youth in crisis are served by a team of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Specialists through Catholic Community Services, Family Behavioral Health (FBH) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. FBH offers a full array of services to assist families in resolving crises in their children. Services may range from a one-time crisis contact to referrals to community mental health providers or a more intensive service areas such WISe, FAST or other community providers.

Catholic Community Services: Youth Mobile Crisis Services

To access Youth Crisis Services call:
Toll Free: 1-800-576-7764
TDD: 253-798-4349

For additional information regarding CCS services, please call: 253-759-9544

Autism/Developmental Disabilities Resources in the South Sound

The Mighty (https://themighty.com/topic/autism/)
An online community of over 290,000 autistic voices and the people who support them.

Autism Resources during COVID-19

National Autism Association
COVID-19 Resources for Families and Individuals

  • Teaching tools
  • Tips for caregivers and individuals
  • How to practice social distancing
  • Local resources
  • Information on stimulus payments

Autism Research Institute
Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic: Resources for Individuals and Families

  • Story-sharing
  • COVID-19 webinars
  • Video aids
  • Preparing for return to school

Autism Society COVID-19 Toolkit by Topic

  • Mental health and respite
  • Modifying routines
  • Lifestyle supports
  • Education
  • Public policy
  • Coronavirus information series (Facebook Live)

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

*Disclaimer- this list is not exclusive and may not include all ABA providers in this region.


Respite, also known as “short breaks”, is planned or emergency care that provide temporary relief to family caregivers. Getting respite from caregiving tasks is important for a caregiver’s health and well-being, and the person receiving care (often called the care recipient or care receiver) may also benefit with expanded social supports and time to explore new interests.

Washington has a variety of respite options for families looking for an opportunity to receive respite throughout the state and across the lifespan, no matter the condition. The Lifespan Respite Washington website was developed to provide information for family caregivers needing respite.

Lifespan Respite Washington: https://www.lifespanrespitewa.org/.

Behavior Bridges

Behavior Bridges

15406 Meridian Ave. E. Suite 103
Puyallup, WA 98375


Behavior Bridges Flyer

Social Groups: Ages 8-12

Various social skills groups will be offered for school aged children referred by a school, provider or parent of a child who would benefit. Different themes and skills will be targeted for each group. These groups are meant to be loosely structured hang out style for kids to make friends, learn how to be part of a group and have a safe and welcoming place to come.

PEERS® Groups: Ages 13-17 & Adult

The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is world-renowned for providing evidence-based social skills treatment to preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, and other socio-emotional problems. First developed at UCLA by PEERS® Clinic director, Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, the program has expanded to locations across the United States, has been translated into over a dozen languages, and is used in over 125 countries across the globe (Semel 2022).

PEERS 13-17

SafetyCare for Families®

Safety-Care for Families is a training program for family members who support children, adolescents, or adults who may exhibit challenging or dangerous behavior (QBS 2019). The focus in Safety-Care is on prevention, safety, and humane, supportive, evidence-based interventions. Participants will ONLY learn preventative measures to avoid crisis or manage crisis behaviors safely until emergency responders can arrive.

SafetyCare for Families


South Sound 2-1-1:

For help finding Behavioral Health  services and resources in Pierce County South Sound 2-1-1 can also help you find other community services and resources.

All calls are confidential.

To find the resources you need, simply dial 2-1-1

The South Sound 211 call center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 4:00 with 24-hour voice mail. To find the resources you need, simply dial 211. You can also get connected by downloading the WIN 211 app

South Sound 211 Flyer

Mary Bridge Behavioral Health Navigator:

The Mary Bridge Behavioral Health Navigator provides intensive case management to youth and families who have entered the pediatric crisis system through the Mary Bridge emergency department. The Behavioral Health Navigator is able to meet with identified patients and family to develop a comprehensive discharge plan which can include safety planning, resource navigation, scheduling outpatient appointments, collaterals with current providers, and referrals as needed.

For more information email

Washington State Mental Health Referral Service for Children and Teens

How to Use the Mental Health Referral Service
Call 833-303-5437 Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Or, complete an online request.

What can families expect?

  • First, you have a telephone call (15–20 minutes) with a Referral Specialist to chat about what type of mental health services your child/teen needs.
  • Next, the Referral Specialist will research mental health providers in your area to find at least 2 providers that meet your family’s needs.
  • After matches are found, a referral specialist will call and email the information to you to coach how to access a provider in real-time.
  • A few weeks after providing the referrals, the referral specialist will check if the matches were a good fit and an appointment was scheduled. At this time, we will address any barriers you experienced and match you to another provider as needed.
  • Our service works closely with Primary Care Providers throughout WA State and faxes the referral matches to your PCP for care coordination. For families with Apple Health insurance, referral matches are sent to Apple Health case managers to provide additional care support.

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A Common Voice

Offers family classes to help with communication between family members that experience behavioral health issues. More information can be found on their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/A-Common-Voice-559600704125787/ Please call the Director for A Common Voice: Sherry Lyons, ACVSherry@msn.com , 253-537-2145   if you have any questions on their classes or programming.

Exceptional Family Member Program

EFMP Family Support Services offer elective nonclinical case management and we support families with accessing their health coverage, IEP/504, review respite options, etc. EFMP is a DOD program for all branches of service. Our EFMP team is embedded in the teams at JBLM CARES Autism Center, the Wounded Warrior Recovery Unit, and also on McChord. We do virtual, in person meetings at schools and homes at the discretion of all parties.

It is required to be enrolled so the military family (on active orders) is always assigned to an installation where they may receive care within 100 miles. However, our family support services are elective for any branch and any medical condition.

Contact Your Insurance Provider:

Behavioral Health Services eligibility is often determined by your insurance coverage.

Many insurance companies have the benefit of behavioral health case management. Behavioral health case management can assist with locating services for your child or youth.

If you have a commercial plan such as Regence, Blue Cross Blue Shield, First Choice or Kaiser here is a link to behavioral health locator and case management services for many commercial plans.

Washington has transitioned to integrated managed care which allows services to be coordinated through a single health plan including mental health and substance use disorder treatment. If you or your youth are Medicaid eligible you should contact your Managed Care Organization (MCO) for care coordination and case management needs. Here is contact information for the MCO’s:

Amerigroup Member Services:

800-600-4441     www.myamerigroup.com/wa

Coordinated Care Member Services:

877-644-4613     coordinatedcaremember@centene.com

Molina Member Services:

800-869-7165     MHW.MS@MolinaHealthcare.com

United Healthcare Member Services:

1-877-542-8997 https://www.uhccommunityplan.com

If you do not know your Medicaid plan or need help finding a provider that accepts Medicaid insurance call the Washington Health Care Authority (HCA) at 1-800-562-3022 or Healthplanfinder Customer Support Center at 1-855-923-4633.

Web link for information on care plans and coverage:  https://www.hca.wa.gov/health-care-services-supports/apple-health-medicaid-coverage

What is Family Initiated Treatment?

In Washington State, adolescents (ages 13-17) have the right to receive behavioral health services with or without their parents’ consent. Parents and guardians also have the right to get behavioral health services for their adolescent without the adolescent’s consent, if a behavioral health professional determines these services are medically necessarily. Family-initiated treatment offers a time-limited opportunity for behavioral health professionals to engage an adolescent with an end goal of having them agree to continued treatment voluntarily.

What is Family Initiated Treatment

What information can my child/youth’s behavioral health provider share?

Washington state law about what information mental health professionals can share has changed. Mental health providers are now allowed to communicate some adolescents’ (age 13-17) treatment information to parents, if the provider believes that sharing this information would benefit the treatment process. This includes sharing information through Family Initiated Treatment (FIT).

It is important for adolescents to feel comfortable sharing their private information with their therapist. Mental Health disclosure form

Community Multidisciplinary Team (MDT)

  • Outpatient Service Navigation
  • Care Coordination Needs
  • Behavior Management Strategies
  • Transitional Planning
  • Discharge Planning
  • Family Engagement Ideas
  • Safety Planning


A Mindful State:

A Mindful State is a unique collaboration between the Washington State Department of Health, civic leaders, nonprofit organizations, healthcare providers, leading experts in mental health and a growing number of incredible people who are willing to share their lived experience. This unusual collection of talent and wisdom has come together to combine expert advice with the voices of real people who are living and working through the mental and emotional health consequences of the global pandemic.

PPE For Kids

One of the practical tips to making PPE more approachable which was approved by Mary Bridge Infection Prevention is to wear a picture of yourself smiling on the outside of your gown so that they can see what you look like. To support this strategy, Kid’s Mental Health Pierce County (KMHPC) is launching the “Under the Mask is a Helper” campaign to provide behavioral health and medical professionals with a free button with your uploaded picture.

To order your KMHPC button visit the Becka Makes Buttons Website

Use Password: helper

Tips for Ordering:

  • The website works best using the Chrome or Firefox browser.
  • Upon completion of your photo upload your organization address and not your personal address for disbursement.
  • Button orders will be completed weekly while supplies last.

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