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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 and Washington State

Exceptional Families Network supports, educates and empowers exceptional families and community members to create inclusive environments for children with special needs.

PAVE – Partnerships for Action, Voices for Empowerment  PAVE provides support, training, information and resources to empower and give voice to individuals, youth and families impacted by disabilities.

Pierce County Coalition for Development Disabilities (PC2) Provides information and support to families and individuals who experience developmental disabilities.

​​Military OneSource – Exceptional Family Member Program  strives to help your military family with special needs thrive in military life. EFMP provides resources to support your MilLife journey including special needs consultations and access to a wealth of resources and tools such as EFMP & Me checklists and the Office of Special Needs EFMP podcast series.

South Sound Autism Partnership  is a gathering of individuals, families, providers, and organizations who are part of the Autism community within the South Puget Sound area of Washington State. Our primary purpose is to increase awareness, acceptance, and advocacy of Autism in order to provide support for our community and impact change.

FEAT of Washington Seeks to help families and individuals directly, as well as provide information and connection to other helpful resourecse (They also offer a scholarship, Ben’s Fund, free to any child with autism for various needs- more information on their website)

Washington Autism Alliance (WAA) extends access to healthcare, education, and services for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) & related Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in Washington State.

Pierce County Coalition for Development Disabilities (PC2) Provides information and support to families and individuals who experience developmental disabilities.

The Arc of WA Advocacy and resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Autism Support 360 (AS360) Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington have partnered to create the AS360 (Autism Support 360) facility, outreach, and digital navigation platform.  Our focus is helping you navigate ASD – we want to reduce the time needed for assessments, increase your access to great clinical services, and provide the best education, training, and family wellness services.

Disability Rights Washington is a private non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights.

Informing families Resource provided by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council, in partnership with the Developmental Disabilities Administration. Offering trusted disability news and information to individuals and families that empowers them to be active participants in planning and building a network of support and opportunities.

The Mighty An online community of over 300,000 autistic voices and the people who support them.


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/.

Additional Respite Organizations

All Ways Caring Respite Care – our home care is always designed around an individual’s needs in their own living space. From short-term and transitional to life-long complex care, All Ways Caring ensures that individuals can continue to live independently with dignity in familiar surroundings, while receiving expert, compassionate care.

Alta Vista Integrated Life Services provides a wide variety of service to our clients. Including, but not limited to: Traditional Mental Health Counseling, Applied Behavior Analysis, Marriage and Family Therapy, Early childhood education, Early childhood education with behavioral support, Elementary education support, Elementary education support with behavioral support, Social groups, and Respite care. We serve all ages and abilities.

Camp Stand By Me – Week-long and weekend sessions for children (ages 7 and up) and adults who have any disability at our 17-acre accessible camp in Vaughn, WA. Camp operates year-round.

Consumer Direct Washington – CDWA is Washington’s Consumer Directed Employer (CDE.) As the CDE, CDWA is part of the Home Care Workers Purpose Trust. The trust promotes good working conditions, economic security for workers, and worker voice and influence in the home care industry. Please follow the Getting Started instructions to complete the hiring process.

Korean Women’s Association In-Home Care – is committed to providing services that give those with disabilities support to remain as independent as possible.

Lutheran Community Services offers parenting education, child development activities, support groups, resource fairs, community referrals and connections to basic needs like food, clothing, health care, housing and employment. Caring and committed staff represent the communities and cultures they serve. A respite program for military families who have children with special needs is offered in the South Puget Sound district.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

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

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

Find a Provider

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

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

Black/Indigenous/People of Color

Deconstructing the Mental Health System Inc.

DMHSUS is a robust website including BIPOC provider directory, resources for providers, resources for clients and opportunity for free or low cost services to BIPOC clients.

Mental Health Articles and Training

This practical guide updates and expands the discussion presented in SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach Resource from 2014. The primary goal of this guide is to provide implementation strategies across multiple domains based on the original publication.


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