Sound Mental Health
SMH Child and Family Counseling Services
Sound Mental Health (Word count: 577) Founded in 1966 by then future state Governor, Booth Gardner, Sound Mental Health (SMH) is an award-winning state licensed mental health services provider. Starting with a single location on Seattle’s Capitol Hill campus, the non-profit organization has expanded to include 13 locations throughout King County, making us the largest and most comprehensive mental health services provider of its kind in the region. Sound Mental Health’s Child and Family Services Program, founded in 1979, provides therapeutic support and services to children and youth from birth to late teen years. Our clients are typically challenged with a wide range of emotional, behavioral and mental health issues. The Child and Family Services Program supports more than 2,600 children and youth in King County and hundreds of families, through such services as individual, family and group counseling; case management; psychiatric evaluation; court advocacy; psychological testing; foster placement; interagency coordination and more. Below are the general services the Child and Family Services program offers: Individual and Family Counseling Our child and family clinicians provide outpatient and community-based services for a broad range of mental health needs. We also have specialists in the treatment of early childhood mental health issues, childhood trauma, domestic violence, and attachment problems. Our community and school-based clinicians serve children with significant emotional and behavioral challenges through interventions that target change at both an individual and a systemic level. Community-based services provide access to mental healthcare to children and families who have limited transportation or other barriers to office-based services. Additionally, we offer support with behavior management and co-parenting. Youth Co-Occurring Disorders Outpatient Program We understand that the factors contributing to chemical dependency are complex and often intertwined with emotional and social challenges. SMH is a leader in practicing an integrated treatment approach for dealing with co-occurring disorders. We will help you to determine the right combination of chemical dependency, mental health, and social services through a Global Assessment of Individual Needs (GAIN:I) and comprehensive treatment planning to address abuse and dependence needs. Wraparound Services The Wraparound process is a collaborative, team-based approach to service and support planning. Through the Wraparound process, Teams creates plans to meet the needs –and improve the lives-of children and youth with complex needs and their familie.s Parent Coordinators & Parent Partners Parent coordinators work in partnership with families by supporting parents and youth with Special Education issues, helping caregivers to create behavior and crisis plans, bringing family voice to multiple community forums, and providing trainings and seminars to parents and children. Parent Coordinators also often work one on one with parents who need extra support and attention. Parent partners are accessed via an internal referral process. With a vision for a healthy and safe community that actively promotes recovery and positive lifestyles for people challenged by mental illness and substance abuse, Sound Mental Health’s innovative programs reach more than 17,500 children, men and women annually. They range from short term support to more comprehensive chemical dependency, family and mental health programs. With more than 80 programs today, Sound Mental Health services include housing services; military and veteran’s programs; criminal justice and re-entry services; employment programs; chemical dependency programs, developmentally disabled services; middle school support programs; grief and loss counseling; therapeutic and foster care services, individual, group and family counseling and much more. Sound Mental Health is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an independent, non-profit accreditor of human service providers. To learn more, visit www.smh.org, or call (800) 828-1449.