Child Study and Treatment Center

Working with children, families, and communities to promote effective treatment, healing, and growth in a safe and nurturing environment.


The Child Study and Treatment Center - CSTC, located in Lakewood, WA is the only state-operated and funded psychiatric hospital for children and youth who have psychological and safety needs that cannot be met in their community. The Children's Long-term Inpatient Program - CLIP Administration manages referrals to CSTC in coordination with the family/guardian and local Behavioral Health Organizations - BHO.  

Accredited by The Joint Commission, CSTC provides culturally competent care to children and youth with severe emotional and behavioral disorders that are typically complicated by medical, social, legal and developmental issues. CSTC has a total of 47 beds. Children and youth live on one of three locked residential cottages with up to 15 other patients. Camano Cottage serves children ages 6 to 12; Ketron Cottage serves youth up to 14; and Orcas Cottage serves the older youth up to the age of 18. While it may be longer or shorter depending on need, the approximate length of treatment is 6 months to one year.      

The psychiatric treatment/therapy program is based on the most current evidence-based practices including, but not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - CBT, Trauma-Focused CBT, life and relationship skills development, family, recreational and other specialized therapies. Clinical services include psychiatric/medical oversight, medication management and 24-hour nursing services. CSTC welcomes families, guardians and community supports to participate in treatment and discharge planning so that children can successfully move back to their family home, or community-based foster placement.

Patients attend school year-round at on-campus educational programs through Clover Park School District - CPSD. CSTC counselors work alongside teachers and instructional assistants to maintain a safe, therapeutic learning environment. CPSD works with families and “home school districts” to make sure that the school program and Individual Educational Plan - IEP is based on current needs and that students transition successfully to their next school when discharged from the hospital. 

Joint Commission National Quality Approval award label imageNovember 18, 2017

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