Health clinic: medical and mental health services
Youths receive medical, substance abuse, and behavioral health treatment through an on-site clinic. This clinic operates through partnerships with Seattle Children's Hospital, University of Washington Schools of Medicine and Psychiatry, and community-based mental health organizations.
Every youth receives a full screening by health clinic staff for medical and mental health needs on arrival to secure detention. Youths are also assessed by the health clinic's medical provider, including completion of annual well-child assessments.
Health clinic staff address each youth's medical and mental health needs. They may treat the youth on-site or refer them to an outside facility.
Youths are also offered the following sexual health services:
- Screening/diagnostic testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
- Confidential HIV testing and counseling
- Education on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections
- Reproductive health care
- Pregnancy testing and prenatal health care for pregnant youth
The health clinic also helps connect youth with health services in the community.
Youths receive an oral screening from a medical provider upon admission into the facility. The screener assesses any significant dental history in addition to current or ongoing concerns.
A youth who is identified as having the following needs is referred to a community dentist for further evaluation and treatment:
- Never received a dental exam in the past
- Ongoing, chronic dental concerns
- Acute dental concerns
Youths who have acute dental health needs are evaluated by a medical professional and given a treatment plan.
Youths receive an eye exam from a medical provider upon admission into the facility.
Any youth with an abnormal eye exam is referred to a community optometrist for further evaluation. If the optometrist issues a prescription for eyeglasses, the youth can meet with the on-site medical provider. The medical provider will review the prescription and help order eyeglasses.
Youths receive follow-up vision exams during their annual wellness checks or whenever new concerns are noted.