Fostering Well-Being

The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Aging and Long Term Support Administration (ALTSA) Fostering Well-Being Program (FWB) provides expert medical consultation to the Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF). FWB Program staff ensure appropriate healthcare and coordination of health care services that meet the goals of DCYF. Social workers and caregivers can access competent information about the interests and needs of children they refer to the program.

FWB’s primary focus is care coordination for the Apple Health (fee-for-service Medicaid) population. These children/youth include the following population:

  • Tribal-affiliated or in tribal custody and have not opted to enroll in managed care due to being American Indian/Alaska Native, or
  • Undocumented alien status, or
  • Existing enrolled clients (prior to April 1, 2016) in the Health Care Authority (HCA), Medically Intensive Children’s Program (MICP)

The FWB’s team is comprised of:

  • A Unit Manager
  • Regional Medical Consultants (RMCs)
    • Pediatricians that are located throughout the State of Washington
  • Registered Nurses
  • Program Specialist

The Fostering Well-Being team functions in four main areas:

  • Care Coordination
  • Consultation
  • Medically Fragile Group Home oversight
  • Partnerships with multiple cross agencies and managed care organizations

For more information about our program please review our program information sheet.

If you would like to make a referral to the FWB program or managed care organizations on a child/youth in dependency, please complete and e-mail the FWB “referral form” to fwb@dshs.wa.gov.   

For questions, please contact FWB at 1-800-422-3263 ext. 52626/option 5, by email at fwb@dshs.wa.gov,or by fax at 360-725-2284. 

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