Behavioral Health and Recovery Division
Department of Community and Human Services
Ensuring people with mental health and substance use disorders receive the services they need.
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King County provides publicly funded mental health services to low-income people in need. To find out if you qualify for King County Mental Health Services, contact us. If you do not qualify for our mental health services, you can find out about other low-cost mental health service providers.
The new 988 line replaced the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, starting July 16, 2022.
If you or a loved one is actively experiencing a behavioral health crisis, King County still recommends that you call the King County Regional Crisis Line at Crisis Connections at 206-461-3222 or 1-866-427-4747, or visit www.CrisisConnections.org. Crisis Connections is the best way to connect to local crisis response services.
King County offers services for people who are in behavioral health crisis. These services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Crisis and Commitment Services (CCS) offers evaluation of people with behavioral health disorders for involuntary detention in psychiatric facilities according to the State of Washington law. The law for adults is RCW 71.05 For youth 13 through 17 years of age, the law is RCW 71.34.
24-Hour Crisis Line
If you or a loved one has an immediate mental health crisis, Crisis Connections can help link you to available and appropriate resources. Please call Crisis Connections, or visit www.CrisisConnections.org.
We provide quality substance use disorder (SUD) and Withdrawal Management (detox) services for you and your family. We manage an effective system of prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery support. Our core values include equitable access, culturally and ethnically competent care, services based on scientific research, strength-based and asset-based services for people, partnerships with allied community services and accountability.
WISe / Wraparound is a team-based planning process for youth with complex needs and their families designed to help produce better outcomes for youth so that they can live in their homes and communities and realize their hopes and dreams. A team of individuals who are relevant to the well-being of a youth (family members, service providers, school staff, community members, and natural supports) will be developed.
WISe / Wraparound
Children's Crisis Outreach Response System (CCORS) helps families achieve stability, helps prevent future crises, and helps children remain in their home.
Eligible participants include children and youth not enrolled in the King County Mental Health Plan (KCMHP) who are up to age 18 and live in King County or their identified caregivers and families, including foster parents.
24-Hour Crisis Line
Access to CCORS is available through the Crisis Clinic number or 1-866-4CRISIS.
Diversion and Reentry Services (DRS) coordinates programs to help people with behavioral health issues avoid jail and hospital visits.
Some programs also help those who have been hospitalized or incarcerated to transition back into the community to develop fulfilling lives.
If you're currently receiving services, continue seeing your provider until you complete treatment.
New clients can access services by:
- Calling our client services line at 800-790-8049
- Contacting one of our contracted providers; or
- Contacting your assigned managed care organization.
The rights of clients are central components of the services we provide. We offer tailored care that meets the needs of individuals, respecting their right to self-determination in mental health and substance abuse treatment options.
We are offering two new ways to communicate with the County about SUD RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT services:
- SUD Residential Phone Line: 855-682-0781. The SUD provider community is encouraged to use this number for questions related to King County’s SUD residential services. Knowledgeable, experienced staff are available to provide information and guidance Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.
- SUD Residential Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Providers may forward SUD residential referral packets (via secure email) to this email address as well as any questions or concerns. Once again, knowledgeable County staff will be available Monday through Friday to answer your questions and process referrals.
Sobering Center Update
For over 20 years through June 2019, King County funded sobering support services at 1930 Boren Avenue in Seattle in a building owned by Community Psychiatric Clinic (CPC). In late 2018, CPC sold the building and, as a condition of the sale, was required to acquire a new building to house the suite of sobering services and ensure a smooth transition between the two locations. They selected a building in Georgetown and began the process of making renovations.
Due to permitting and construction delays, Community Psychiatric Clinic notified King County that the new building will not be ready for occupancy on July 1, 2019, which was the agreed upon move-in date. CPC is working with the County to address the impacts of this development. Immediate next steps include the following:
- King County Emergency Service Patrol (ESP), which provides 24/7 emergency triage and transportation services for people experiencing overdose or intoxication, will temporarily relocate staff and dispatch services to the King County Chinook Building.
- Local hospitals, emergency service providers and shelter operators have been notified of the closure of the current Sobering Center. People needing medical management of overdose or intoxication will be triaged and transported by ESP to appropriate services.
- Shelter services for people who do not need medical management services will be provided by Pioneer Human Services in supplemental dedicated space within the 4th and Jefferson Building. Referrals to this shelter may come from the ESP. Neither the Jefferson Day Center operations nor the regular nightly men's shelter operated by the Salvation Army at that location will be affected.
CPC is continuing to work with the affected service providers and to coordinate with King County on the relocation of the remaining health and outreach services associated with the sobering support center.
King County remains focused on ensuring these essential services continue to benefit people in need in our community.
Changes effective January 1, 2019 to Apple Health
Beginning January 1, 2019 people with Washington Apple Health coverage in King County have a managed care health plan that coordinates all of their care, including services for physical health, mental health, and drug and alcohol treatment. The change will not reduce any benefits. Apple Health clients will continue to have access to all of the same services they currently do, but the state will pay for them differently. These plans will also begin to cover mental health and drug/alcohol treatment services. Clients do not have to take any action and will remain in their current health plan and may continue receiving services at the agencies where they are currently served.
Managed care organizations that will offer Apple Health plans in King County:
- Community Health Plan of Washington
- Coordinated Care
- Molina Healthcare
- United Healthcare
The funding source for behavioral health services is the Washington State Health Care Authority.