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Emergency and Referral Services

Washington Recovery Helpline 1-866-789-1511 [1]

  • This help line is for those experiencing substance use disorder, problem gambling, and/or a mental health challenge. Our professionally-trained volunteers and staff provide emotional support. They can also connect callers with local treatment resources or more community services.

Government Programs and Services

Navigating DSHS [2]

  • A guide to programs and services offered by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. The Department of Social and Health Services is a lifeline providing the basics of daily living to Washington residents who need a helping hand. DSHS and its partners provide protection, comfort, food assistance, cash assistance and a host of other services.

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Washington State's Behavioral Health Benefits Book [3]

  • Washington Public Mental Health System Benefits Booklet for People Enrolled in Medicaid. Medicaid enrollees have access to services for mental health and substance use disorders, also known as behavioral health, through Behavioral Health Organizations (BHOs)

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Washington Health Care Authority Apple Health client booklets

  • Client booklets with information about plans and benefits. All booklets are available in አማርኛ - Amharic | العربية - Arabic | မြန်မာ - Burmese | អក្សរខ្មែរ - Cambodian (Khmer) | 中文 - Chinese | الفارسية - Farsi (Persian) | 한국어 - Korean | ພາສາລາວ - Laotian | ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਦੇ - Punjabi | Русский - Russian | Af-soomaali - Somali | Español - Spanish | Yкраїнський - Ukrainian | Tiếng Việt - Vietnamese
  • Welcome to Washington Apple Health English [4]
  • Welcome to Washington Apple Health: Integrated Managed Care [5]
  • Behavioral Health Services in your county [6]

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También disponible en Español Recursos en español

Cross Agency Desk Aid [7]

  • Washington State Customer Support Center Cross Agency Desk Aid sharing who to call and when for assistance programs, including Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) coverage.

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Sex Offender Treatment Provider Directory [8]

  • Directory of Sex Offender treatment providers in Washington State.

Behavioral Health Agency Directory [9]

  • RCW 71.24.037 requires the department to maintain and publish a list of licensed or certified behavioral health service providers. The BHA Directory includes contact information for BHA providers by county along with the services they are certified to provide.

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Find Help and Treatment [10]

  • Map to locate services[11]
    • Welcome to the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems. If you know what types services you are seeking upon release talk to library staff about getting a list of providers for your area.

Other Service and Aid Organizations

Washington Health Benefit Exchange Navigators [12]

  • Navigators are located across Washington State and are available at no cost to help customers sign up for coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder. Navigators can help customers through the application and enrollment process from start to finish.
  • Consumer Support Availability Map September 2021 [13]
  • Lead Organization Contacts September 2021 [14]

Washington Connection [15]

  • Washington Connection offers a fast and easy way for families and individuals to apply for a variety of services such as Food, Cash, Child Care, Long-Term Care, and Medicare Savings Programs. Individuals that are age 65 or older, blind or disabled may also apply for medical assistance.
  • This is a statewide portal individuals can use after release. To print the page press ctrl+p.

Also on Government Assistance page.

Food Pantries

Food Lifeline Washington Map [16]

  • If you’re looking for help feeding yourself or your family, you’re in the right place. Use the map linked here to find a Food Lifeline partner food bank, food pantry, or hot meal program in your neighborhood. This food is free and available to you, even if you don’t qualify for SNAP or EBT.

Second Harvest serving Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho [17]

  • Fighting hunger, feeding hope: Second Harvest brings community resources together to feed people in need through empowerment, education and partnerships.
  • Food Map [18] Printing Note: Interactive Map, ask Library staff for location and schedule information. Serving all counties in Eastern Washington Northern Idaho

Feeding America Find Your Local Food Bank [19]

  • The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger. Contact your local community food bank to find food.

Substance Abuse and Recovery

Alcoholics Anonymous Washington [20]

  • Locate local Alcoholics Anonymous groups click the Washington link to get Washington information.

También disponible en Español Recursos en español

Narcotics Anonymous Meetings [21]

  • PRINTING NOTE: Select [USA] Washington from the State/Province Local NA Helplines

Non-Violent Communication

Freedom Project [22]

  • Freedom Project is an innovative educational organization serving inmates and those recently released back into the community. Their programs focus on nonviolent communication and mindfulness.
  • Prison Programs [23]
    • Non-Violent Communications [24]
    • Mindfulness [25]
    • Team Inside [26]
  • Re-entry Programs [27]
  • Contact Information [31]

Also on Resources for people who are currently incarcerated Page.

Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Healthcare

WPATH Standards of Care [32]

  • The World Professional Association for Transgender Health promotes the highest standards of health care for individuals through the articulation of Standards of Care (SOC) for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People. The SOC are based on the best available science and expert professional consensus. The overall goal of the SOC is to provide clinical guidance for health professionals to assist transgender, and gender nonconforming people with safe and effective pathways to achieving lasting personal comfort with their gendered selves, in order to maximize their overall health, psychological well-being, and self-fulfillment. This assistance may include primary care, gynecologic and urologic care, reproductive options, voice and communication therapy, mental health services (e.g., assessment, counseling, psychotherapy), and hormonal and surgical treatments. While this is primarily a document for health professionals, the SOC may also be used by individuals, their families, and social institutions to understand how they can assist with promoting optimal health for members of this diverse population.
  • Available in English, Chinese, Croatian, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish

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Gender Affirming Healthcare Guide: Trans and GNC Healthcare Access 2019 [33]

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Also on Queer & LGBTQIA+ Resources

Health Insurance Explainer Guide: Trans and GNC Healthcare Access 2019 [34]

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Also on Queer & LGBTQIA+ Resources

Self-Advocacy Guide: Trans and GNC Healthcare Access [35]

  • In our 2018 Healthcare Access Survey we found that 56% of our local trans community felt uncomfortable in asking about their rights in their providers office, or are unsure about their rights in a medical setting. Conversely, our community commented during this process that they often do not trust their medical providers; and some even feel a level of fear around their current or past experiences with medical professionals due to past transphobic abuse, harassment, discrimination, and even assault in their providers office. For our trans communities of color these experiences with transphobia were often racialized. We want to support our community in mitigating these issues by providing a self advocacy tool kit in addition to strategies to accessing care, and questions to ask their providers in order to make sure that they are receiving the care that they need & deserve.

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A Vision for Greater Access to Gender Affirming Healthcare [36]

  • We believe deeply in building a world where we can all access our collective self determination. Self determination is when we all have a full menu of choices to decide how to live our lives authentically and free from violence. For trans and gender nonconforming communities the right to control our own lives is something that is constantly being taken over, controlled, redirected, and in many cases completely taken away. For us, most of our lives are lived in a constant state of reactivity to the discrimination, fear, and uncertainty of being trans in America; especially in terms of healthcare access. With our Healthcare Access Visioning Project we wanted to be deliberate in highlighting the barriers that trans and gender non conforming folks come up against when just trying to be healthy, and feel at home in their bodies. We are passionate about healthcare and this project because we know that for our communities these are life and death medical decisions. We know that accessing healthcare can be a traumatic experience and we hope this project can outline a future where all trans and gender nonconforming communities have equitable access to the life saving health care they need.

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Also on Queer & LGBTQIA+ Resources Page

LastAuditDate 2022-10-31