About CLIP

The beginning of CLIP

Washington State legislature authorized funds to establish Treatment Beds for Psychiatric Impaired Children and Youth. These state-funded beds were to be located at and administered by private, non-profit agencies under contract to the Division of Mental Health (MHD/DSHS). Rules and regulations for licensing standards were set forth in Chapter 246-323 of the Washington Administrative Code and codified under authority of Chapter 71.12 RCW, February 1980.

CLIP is partnered with 4 treatment facilities serving Washington State residents.

With 109 beds available to children who meet requirement for long-term psychiatric treatment.

CLIP serves approximately over 200 youths and adolescents a year.

Our History

View and download CLIPs complete history here.

CLIP Administration Today

The CLIP Administration continue to be the central process. CLIP Services remain a statewide resource and any child in the state of Washington has equal access to these services if the need is demonstrated.

There are 109 CLIP-funded beds available to serve children and adolescents with severe psychiatric disturbance. There are four CLIP Programs, Pearl Youth Residence, Tamarack Center, Two Rivers Landing, and 4 age-divided cottages at Child Study & Treatment Center (CSTC).

Get Started By Locating Your Local BH-ASO/MCO

Frequently Asked Question

All children served in a CLIP Program are eligible for Medicaid funding while in residence. If the child has private insurance that covers psychiatric inpatient care, those benefits are also applied to the cost of stay. Read more about Medicaid.

The voluntary application process is a two-tiered process that begins with contacting your local BH-ASO/MCO representative. If a local decision is made to proceed with a referral to CLIP, the BH-ASO/MCO gathers all the application materialsand contacts the CLIP Administration. The CLIP Administration is the final authority for determining a child’s eligibility for admission.

Each child’s length of stay varies according to his/her individualneeds and progress toward treatment goals. The average length of stay 9 months. Children are returned to their home/community as soon as possible. The community partners including family, DSHS case worker, therapists, schools, etc., are expected to collaborate with the CLIP Program to assure appropriate discharge resources are in place prior discharge.