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What is CLIP?

CLIP is funded by Federal and State Medicaid dollars. Private insurance and other income sources can be billed if applicable. Learn more about eligibility and paying for CLIP.

3 Step Process

Youth possessing a risk to themselves, others or is gravely disabled which warrants care under the supervision of a psychiatrist

Step 1

Locate your local BHO/MCO representative

Step 2

Your representative gathers application materials and contacts CLIP Administration

Step 3

CLIP will determine whether your child is eligible for admission and notify your rep!

Who is Eligible?

Youth possessing a risk to themselves, others or is gravely disabled which warrants care under the supervision of a psychiatrist

Get Started

In the beginning, there was recognition that no facility in the state of Washington could adequately provide
psychiatric care to seriously disturbed children. Children with severe psychiatric disturbances were frequently
placed in settings that were not prepared to deal with their disturbance,

Referral Process How to Apply

There are two principal avenues for accessing CLIP:

How to apply for CLIP?

Access to a CLIP Voluntary application varies from county to county. Each county in the state of Washington has a designated Behavioral Health Organization (BHO) or MCO (Managed Care Organization) assigned to implement and monitor the delivery of medically funded mental health services to adults and youth in their region. At each BHO/MCO there is a Children’s Care Coordinator who are experts in their region regarding services available for youths and families. They are the community advocates with knowledge of addition resources and networks with other systems. They can also provide additional resource information that aid in the stabilization of youths within a home environment and prevent unnecessary out of home care or hospitalizations. In addition to their expertise in intensive mental health resources they are tasked with the coordination of the first step to the CLIP application process.