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Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services

Department of Community and Human Services

Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division
Chinook Building
401 Fifth Ave., Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98104

Jim Vollendroff, Dir.
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Phone:  206-263-9000
Fax:   206-296-5260
TTY:   711 Relay Service

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Department: Community and Human Services
Adrienne Quinn, Director

Children's Crisis Outreach Response System (CCORS)

King County's Children's Crisis Outreach Response System (CCORS) provides crisis services to children, youth and families in King County who are not already enrolled in the publicly funded King County Mental Health Plan (KCMHP). CCORS also provides limited services to children and youth who are currently enrolled in the KCMHP.

CCORS serves about 800 children, youth and families a year. CCORS builds on the family's and youth's strengths to provide creative and flexible solutions that focus on teaching and modeling parenting and problem-solving skills to manage behavior and avoid out of home placement. CCORS helps families achieve stability, helps prevent future crises, and helps children remain in their home.

Access to CCORS is available through the Crisis Clinic at 206-461-3222 or 1-866-4CRISIS.

CCORS is co-funded by Region IV Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS). Outreach Services are provided by the YMCA. Find more information in the CCORS brochure.

Services for children and youth who are NOT ENROLLED in KCMHP

For children and youth up to age 18 and their families (including foster parents) who reside in King County and are not enrolled in the King County Mental Health Plan, (KCMHP) crisis outreach and stabilization services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These services are available to children and youth who are in crisis due to: family conflict, emotional or behavioral problems, or imminent risk of removal from current placement.

Services Include:

  • Mobile crisis outreach - Specially trained teams go to the family home to help deescalate the situation. The team works with the family to put in place ongoing services and supports to prevent future crises. Outreach services include mental health and suicide risk assessments and links to community resources.
  • Non-emergent outreach appointments - Appointments are provided within 24-48 hours for those families who are not in acute crisis but need quick support and linkage to services.
  • Crisis stabilization services - Based on the family's needs, in-home support is available for up to 8 weeks following the initial acute crisis

Services for children and youth who are CURRENTLY ENROLLED in the KCMHP:

  • Intensive Crisis stabilization services- Provides families and youth with immediate crisis stabilization and ongoing in-home service for up to 90 days.
  • Crisis stabilization beds- Provide a family-like home setting and are usually short-term (up to 14 days) to help stabilize youth who cannot be immediately and safely maintained within their own homes.

Why CCORS is unique:

  • involvement of families and family advocates in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the program
  • utilization of natural and community supports for families and youth
  • availability of community-based crisis stabilization beds as a placement alternative to more restrictive facility-based interventions.