Adult/ Youth FAQ

Question:

I have a Medicaid coupon and would like mental health services and I have no idea where to start?

Answer:

Children and adults qualify for medically necessary mental health services through the RSN if they are covered by Medicaid.

Other people not eligible for Medicaid, but having serious or long-term mental illness, can receive services as resources allow.

All citizens of the state are eligible for crisis mental health services, disaster response services, and involuntary treatment services.

Please see our list of Medicaid providers in the Spokane County Regional Support Network.  You can call anyone of these providers, including Passages, and you will be guided on how you can be screened for enrollment.  You can also call the DSHS Community Service Office (CSO) that serves your zip code.

Question:

What differentiates peer counseling from the services I’m already receiving through my  primary Mental Health Care Provider ?

Answer:

Peer specialist practice from a Recovery Model, which means that your peer specialist will share with you tools developed by peers for peers such as Wellness Action Recovery Plans.  The focus in peer support is on self-determination, hope, and a holistic approach to wellness.

Question:

How can peer counseling connect me with community resources?

Answer:

You and your peer specialist will discuss you needs and your peer specialist will help you link with those community resources that are of interest to you.  This linkage can take many different forms from providing you with a phone number to actually accompanying you to meet with someone at another agency.

Question:

What can I expect out of my involvement with Passages, and peer counseling in general?

Answer:

Services at Passages should feel different than a typical mental health agency. We strive to provide a warm and comfortable environment, whether spending time one-on-one with your peer specialist or visiting our “home” and attending a group.   Passages is a Consumer Operated Service Provider, which means that our staff and our governing board of directors all identify as individuals with “lived experience” whether it be as an individual or a family member.  You should expect to be treated with the utmost respect and dignity and to be given the opportunity to learn how to use powerful recovery tools that have been developed by peers for peers.

Question:

I would prefer to see my peer specialist only, without seeing my MHCP.  Is this possible?

Answer:

Peer Specialists can function in many different roles depending on their credentials. It is best to check with your Mental Health Primary Care Provider (MHCP) as to the scope of services your Peer Specialist can provide.

Question:

Is peer support the same at every agency?

Answer:

Yes and no.  Yes, in that a peer specialist should always be someone who first and foremost identifies as someone with “lived experience”.  No, in that depending upon the agency, your peer specialist will have a specific job description that will define the services they can provide to you.

Question:

I am 14 years old, have an MHCP and would like a peer specialist.   Do I need my parent’s consent to become involved in your services?

Answer:

In Washington State, once an individual is age 13, they can decide if they want to receive mental health treatment including peer support without the consent of their parent or guardian.

 

For Additional Frequently Asked Questions, please  go to

http://www.dshs.wa.gov/dbhr/mhfaqs.shtml#dbhr

 
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