Community Resources

Welcome to a resource page for BHA patients, residents, families, friends and the general community.  We know that people living with behavioral health conditions can benefit from additional resources from health care to housing, and from financial support to legal assistance.  If you have recommendations for other helpful resources we could share on this page, please contact us at bhacommunications@dshs.wa.gov.  We also encourage people to use recovery-oriented language to center people rather than their behavioral health.

Links below to non-DSHS sites are provided for information only and do not constitute endorsement, express or implied, by DSHS/BHA, of the referenced organizations, their suitability, content, products, services, or accuracy.  As a general policy, BHA does not publish personal websites or websites of commercial ventures. 

 

ALTSA resources

 

Behavioral health support

*Also see support groups/peer support

 

BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities support

 

Crisis phone lines

 

Developmental disabilities resources

 

Disability support

 

Discharge resources

 

Domestic violence resources 

 

DSHS social media

 

Financial support

 

Food resources

 

Health care (other than Medicaid)

 

Housing

 

Identification cards

 

Involuntary commitment

 

Job assistance

 

Legal resources

*See power of attorney, guardianship, & advanced directives for these resources                

 

LGBTQIA+ resources

 

Medicaid (Apple Health)

 

Medications

  • BH-MCOs contacts by county  (responsible for supporting medications)

  • Access to medications post-discharge

  • Emergency refills:  Emergency refills at emergency departments let you get a limited quantity of certain medications while your insurance plan processes your regular refill request. This option is usually only available when a delay could result in emergency care, hospital admission, or a serious threat to your health or others in contact with you.

  • Get help paying for medications not covered by your plan

  • Medicare Part D  (medication coverage)

  • Washington Drug Card  (discounts on medications)

 

Patient advocacy and ombuds offices

 

Power of attorney, guardianship, & advanced directives

 

Reentry resources

 

Substance use support

 

Support groups/ peer support

 

Transportation

 

Tribal services

 

Veteran resources

 

Voter information

 

Youth resources

*See Health Care (other than Medicaid) section for youth health resources

*See Behavioral Health Support section for youth behavioral health treatment resources

 

Books of firsthand mental health experiences

  • An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison

  • Brain on Fire by Susanna Cahalan