Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

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Mental Health Resource Rundown: New Programs and Classes at Seattle Children’s

May Is National Mental Health Awareness Month

Seattle Children’s is bolstering its continuum of care for child mental health. In terms of prevention, at one end of the continuum, we are adding new classes that help parents and caregivers support their child’s mental health and recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems to intervene early. We are also filling in key gaps that have long existed at the high-acuity end of the continuum by creating intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) for kids who have been in crisis and stabilized, so they can transition home successfully with continued improvement rather than slip back into crisis. Our work with state legislators last year helped secure pilot funding for IOPs and partial hospitalization programs. New wins in Olympia this year ensured Medicaid covered the treatment starting in 2023.

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Big Wins for Kids in 2022 State Legislative Session

We are pleased to report that Seattle Children’s and its allies came away from the 2022 Washington state legislative session with a number of important achievements.

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Grand Rounds

Provider Grand Rounds

Year-round on Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. Learn more.

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Delivering Mental Health Services in Primary Care: FAST Programs Make It Easier

Offering mental health services in places that are already familiar to and visited by youth – including their primary care doctor’s office – is a pediatric health priority. To support this important work, the Partnership Access Line (PAL) has created a one-stop-shop for therapy training and materials, packaged by diagnosis (i.e. depression, anxiety, etc.).

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Grand Rounds – March 2022

Provider Grand Rounds

Year-round on Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. Learn more.

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High Patient Surge Strains Hospital and Emergency Department: How You Can Help

After a dip in census over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Emergency Department (ED) and the hospital had a high surge of patients on Monday, November 29. The ED was at 200% capacity Monday evening with a mental health surge of 16 patients (40% of the normal ED bed capacity).

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Helping Families Address Anxiety

As the pandemic continues this winter and supporting children’s mental health is top of mind, we want to remind you that Seattle Children’s offers a free online series of short videos about anxiety, designed for parents and caregivers.

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Reminder: Strains On Our ED and Inpatient Capacity – Your Help Requested

As a reminder, we continue to experience a very high number of Emergency Department (ED) visits due in large part to respiratory illnesses, mental health concerns and COVID-19.* The ED is using every available space to treat patients, including lobby space, a converted storage area and tents. Seattle Children’s Urgent Care clinics also are experiencing high demand and are full most days.

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All Ambulatory Clinics Are Now Conducting Suicide Screening

Seattle Children’s ambulatory clinics are now screening all patients 10 years of age and older for suicidal ideation. This includes patients at our regional clinics. Screening was rolled out in phases starting in May. Since then, 9,000 ambulatory patients have been screened and over 700 screened positive and received follow-up interventions. Suicide screening has been in place for more than two years in our Emergency Department and inpatient units.

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New Flyers in 5 Languages Address Mental Health for Children and Teens

Three leading U.S. pediatric health organizations declared a state of emergency in youth mental health on October 19, 2021. We want to take this opportunity to share several new flyers from Seattle Children’s intended to help families find a qualified and available mental health counselor for their child. We encourage our provider partners in the community to share them with patients and families.

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