Applied Behavioral Analysis
If a doctor or parent of a child covered by Medicaid and is being treated for autism spectrum disorder and you believe the child is a candidate for ABA therapy or needs a consultation with a specialist, contact Gail Kreiger at the HCA phone 360-725-1681 or P.O. Box 45506, Olympia, 98504. Email questions to ABA@hca.wa.gov.
Asperger's Disorder Homepage
Autism Action Partnership
Families for Early Autism Treatment
Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy
The Balanced Mind
The Balanced Mind Foundation guides families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support and stability they seek.
Bring Change 2 Mind
From the site: 1 in 6 adults and almost 1 in 10 children suffer from a diagnosable mental illness. Yet, for many, the stigma associated with the illness, can be as great a challenge as the disease itself. This is where the misconceptions stop. This is where bias comes to an end. This is where we change lives. Because this is where we Bring Change 2 Mind.
Capital Recovery Center
1000 Cherry Street SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 357-2582
Offers peer support services.
Center for Children with Special Needs Camp Directory
The Center compiles a searchable list of summer camps for children with special needs in Washington State (we also offer a printable PDF version). To find a summer camp or program, scroll down and select the type of camp, special needs considerations, camp location, desired month, and then review your search results. The inclusion or exclusion of any camp in this directory does not imply endorsement or disapproval. The American Camp Association has information on accredited camps that serve people with special needs.
Is this your child’s first time camping? If you have concerns, the Kids Health article Sending Your Child to Camp provides strategies to plan ahead and help your child enjoy the experience. Teens should check out Planning for Time Away from Home from Home to plan a new daily routine while camping over-night, and get the most out of their time away from home.
Children's Administration Hotline
Hotline - call 1-866-ENDHARM (1-866-363-4276), Washington State's toll-free, 24 hour, 7 day-a-week hotline that will connect you directly to the appropriate local office to report suspected child abuse or neglect. You can also ask for help if you are not able to figure out how to support a child with high needs and feel like you are unable to care for them. 1-888-713-6115 is the intake number...services can be requested from that number.
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
From the site: Your national voice for special education rights and advocacy.The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) is an independent, nonprofit, §501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization of attorneys, advocates, parents and related professionals. COPAA members work to protect special education rights and secure excellence in education on behalf of the 7.1 million children with disabilities in America.
The Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties
Crisis Line 360-586-2800
The crisis clinic operates 24 hours a day with listening and emotional support and to provide any appropriate resources callers may need.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance & The Storm in My Brain
From the site: The mission of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is to provide hope, help, and support to improve the lives of people living with depression or bipolar disorder. DBSA pursues and accomplishes this mission through peer-based, recovery-oriented, empowering services and resources when people want them, where they want them, and how they want them.
The Storm in My Brain (booklet) can be found using the search tool on this website.
Disability Rights Washington
Disability Rights Washington (DRW) is a private non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide. We provide free advocacy services to people with disabilities. If you have a question about your rights or need assistance, please contact us! (800) 562-2702 or (206) 324-1521 from 9 am til 2 pm Monday - Friday
Disability Rights Galaxy
From this new site: Civil Rights are for Everyone Everywhere
Includes international, national, state and local news, 9 forums, history, awareness, etc...
Provides information on prescription medication and side effects related to mental health and also for over the counter medications.
Family Justice Center
Our mission is to passionately provide comprehensive, integrated solutions to people impacted by domestic and sexual violence through talented, motivated, fully-equipped expert partners working in a place of healing and hope.
Family Voices of Washington Health Information Center (F2FHIC)
The Family-to-Family Health Information Center (F2F HIC) is a non-profit organization that helps families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and the professionals who serve them. Because the health care needs of CYSHCN are chronic and complex, parents and caregivers are often challenged with finding the resources to provide and finance health care for their children.
Family Voices of Washington also has a Facebook page for youth with special health care needs. Family Voices of Washington Facebook Page
Immigrant Rights Project
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice for low-income immigrants by pursuing and defending their legal status. We focus on providing direct legal services, supported by our education and public policy work. Phone: (206) 957-8609
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
National Suicide Hotline
From the website: Are You in Crisis? 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Are you feeling desperate, alone or hopeless? Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you. Our local Crisis Line for Thurston and Mason counties is 586-2800.
From the website: "The American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry have developed two medication guides, ADHD Parents Medication Guide, and The Use of Medication in Treating Childhood and Adolescent Depression: Information for Patients and Families. These guides are designed to help patients, families, and physicians make informed decisions about obtaining and administering the most appropriate care for a child with ADHD or depression. The guides have been endorsed by many national medical, family and patient advocacy organizations, listed below. In addition, AACAP has developed the Medication Guide for Treating Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents, which has been approved by the APA."
Stand for the Silent
Education and information about bullying.
Unleash the Brilliance
From the site..."UNLEASH THE BRILLIANCE (UTB) can change the life trajectory of at-risk youth and young adults through the use of dance, music, theater and positive personal testimonies. We provide a healthy alternative to gang and drug related activity through peer to peer mentorship relationships; inspiring, motivating and reshaping attitudes."
Washington Health Plan Finder - Call Center 1-855-923-4633
People in Washington state who don't have health insurance can look for a plan among multiple providers in the new health benefit exchange. This will also provide a pathway to sign up for Medicaid. Choice Regional Health Network is the local lead agency for the health benefit exchange. Those who are insured can also look for plans listed in the exchange.
Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs
The Commission on Hispanic Affairs strives to improve public policy development and the delivery of government services to the Hispanic community.
Youth Help Line
360-586-2777 24/7 free, confidential, anonymous phone line! Having trouble with school, parents, peer pressure, stress, relationships? Call for non-judgmental emotional support! This help line is a service of the Crisis Clinic and you can find the Crisis Clinic on Facebook.
National Service Animal Registration
'Excerpt from the website:'
Since 1995, National Service Animal Registry (NSAR) has actively trained, facilitated, and worked with service dogs, emotional support animals, therapy animals, and drug detection animals. We first operated in southeast Tennessee, working closely with various county justice and sheriff's departments training and coordinating the use of drug detection dogs. Through our experiences with the public, we quickly became aware of the profound need for service dogs and emotional support animals for people with emotional impairments. These impairments or disabilities included people with balance problems, difficulty hearing, diabetes, asthma, panic disorders, seizures, and more.