A family arrives for their first appointment at Seattle Children’s Magnuson

Seattle Children’s is pleased to share that on December 12, 2022, Seattle Children’s Magnuson opened as the new showcase home for Seattle Children’s Autism Center and outpatient behavioral health services.

The new 45,000-square-foot clinic was entirely funded by donations as a result of the vision of Seattle Children’s Generation REACH initiative to transform mental health care for all youth and families.

“Seattle Children’s is working to create a future where every young person has access to evidence-based mental and behavioral health services when and where they need them,” said Dr. Carol Rockhill, medical director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinics, Seattle Children’s. “Seattle Children’s Magnuson is a huge step in that direction, providing more treatment rooms and clinical spaces, better technology, gathering spaces for families and children with mental health care needs, autism and more.”

Filled with features and spaces that are specially designed for youth with autism or behavioral health needs, the building allows Seattle Children’s to continue to provide the high-quality, family-focused care we are known for, while accelerating collaboration between the clinicians and researchers who are working tirelessly to meet the growing needs in these fields.

The building is located at 70th and Sand Point Way NE, 1.5 miles northeast of the hospital campus.

Take a video tour

Have a look inside at some of the unique features in our new hub for autism and behavioral health.

 

Goals of this move

Increased capacity to serve more kids over time

While Seattle Children’s capacity to care for more children with autism or behavioral health concerns will not grow immediately, over time Seattle Children’s Magnuson will help us grow our services and reduce the wait time for diagnostic evaluations. We expect to see a 25% increase in the number of unique patients served over the next five years.

 

Increased training capacity

The new space includes better technology for observing trainees and for conducting livestreamed training for community providers, which will help us make more care available in the community so patients and families can get high-quality, evidence-based care close to home with less wait time.

Built-in capability for telehealth and hybrid appointments

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, most appointments have shifted to telehealth for autism (80%) and outpatient behavioral health (90%). Seattle Children’s Magnuson supports Seattle Children’s goal of continuing to expand telehealth while also offering more hybrid visits (in-person with a virtual component if needed). This can increase opportunities for parent/guardian participation and collaborative work with outside therapists.

 

More opportunities for families to participate in critical research

The new space has more treatment rooms and clinical spaces where our teams can facilitate clinical research. This allows families more opportunity to participate in research as well as get access to cutting-edge treatments.

 

Support for the continued growth of community partnerships

The new building is intended to be a gathering space for families and kids with mental and behavioral health care needs or autism. We see opportunities for creating community partnerships through classes, support groups, the onsite resource library, play area and garden. The building’s close proximity to the Sand Point Learning Center (SPLC) and hospital campus will allow providers to easily move between the two sites and leverage the additional capacities of SPLC for community practitioners.

 

Referral processes

There is no change in how to refer patients to the Autism Center or for mental or behavioral health services.