Nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States has some type of mental or emotional health issue in a given year.* Symptoms may include feeling down or unable to cope with life; extreme mood swings or emotions; self-destructive thoughts; or using nicotine, food, alcohol, or drugs to deal with difficult emotions.
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you may be hesitant to talk about it. But don't let that stop you from getting help. That's what Kaiser Permanente Mental Health is here for. Recovery is possible and even a little bit of the right help can go a long way.
For most situations, contacting your primary care provider is the most efficient way to get started with mental health care. Many mental health concerns can be effectively addressed in the primary care setting. To support this process, Kaiser Permanente facilities have licensed mental health clinicians who work as part of our primary care teams to provide assessment and short-term treatment.
At Kaiser Permanente Mental Health specialty facilities, adults, families, teens, and children can get treatment and support for a wide range of issues. Learn more about some of the most common conditions we see.
Your care is always personalized and may include a variety of treatments from those listed below. Our goal is to give you the support and treatment that works for you.
The first step to treatment is to talk with a caring provider about your emotional health and any troubling symptoms you're having. They'll want to know how severe your symptoms are, how they're impacting your daily life, and how long you've been experiencing them. Could a family history of mental issues or recent traumatic events be a contributing factor?
Once your assessment is complete, you and your provider will decide together the best course of treatment for addressing your needs and improving your sense of well-being.
Therapy is provided at Kaiser Permanente by licensed masters-level clinicians or licensed psychologists. The role of the therapist is to guide you through this challenging period and help improve your functioning and coping skills. This is done through a treatment plan with specific and measurable goals.
Outside of the therapy sessions, you'll have skills to learn and practice. During therapy, a questionnaire will be used to help determine if your condition is improving and if treatment goals are being met. Your therapist may recommend group therapy sessions or more intensive levels of care if they feel it will help you reach your goals.
Therapy is time limited. Treatment plans are individualized for each patient and the typical duration for therapy varies from 2 to 12 sessions.
Medication can be prescribed by either a primary care provider or a specialist. Mental health concerns such as mild-to-moderate depression and anxiety are frequently treated by primary care physicians.
At our specialty clinics - Kaiser Permanente Mental Health - medication treatment begins with an evaluation by a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner. This includes establishing a diagnosis and having a detailed discussion about medication recommendations. This conversation will include medication risks and benefits, and the risk of not taking medications.
Once you decide to use medication, the prescribing provider will see you periodically to make sure you're progressing well, and to make any needed medication changes.
Residential and inpatient care
More intensive options are available to you as a member. You can call 1-800-287-2680 or 206-630-1680 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for assistance in accessing these options, or you can talk to your care team at Kaiser Permanente Mental Health.
For an immediate mental health emergency such as a risk of suicide, a recent suicide attempt, or a drug overdose, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency care facility.
No referral is needed from your primary care provider to get care from Kaiser Permanente Mental Health.
For first-time, non-emergency appointments with a mental health specialist in your plan network, call 1-888-287-2680 or 206-630-1680. You will be asked a few questions about your needs and location. These questions help us find a specialist who's right for you. You may be referred to a Kaiser Permanente Mental Health provider or another mental health specialist in your plan network.
For follow-up appointments, call your mental health provider's office directly. If you get care at a Kaiser Permanente facility, you may be able to schedule a video visit for follow-up appointments.
Mental Health services are available at these Kaiser Permanante medical facilities:
201 16th Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98112
2930 Maple St.
Everett, WA 98201
13451 S.E. 36th St.
Bellevue, WA 98006
9800 4th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115
700 Lilly Road N.E.
Olympia, WA 98506
322 W. North River Drive
Spokane, WA 99201
*2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration