Youth and Teens - Washington State Local Health Insurance - CHPW

Youth and Teens

Youth and teens have unique health needs

Teenagers have unique needs when it comes to mental, emotional, and physical health. The following health concerns have unique effects on youth:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Suicide
  • Substance use

Teens are more vulnerable to bullying and suicide attempts than adults and children. In teens, substance abuse issues and mental health conditions like anxiety and depression often have different symptoms than they do in adults.

Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW) covers behavioral health treatment for youth, as well as free programs to support their safety, happiness, and development of life skills.

Rights for youth (under 18)

In Washington State, minors don’t need permission from a parent or guardian to access many health services.

Outpatient mental health treatment
  • Age: 13 and older
  • Will my parents be notified? Only if a provider determines that sharing the information will benefit treatment and not harm you
Inpatient mental health treatment
  • Age: 13 and older
  • Will my parents be notified? Yes
Outpatient substance use treatment
  • Age: 13 and older
  • Will my parents be notified? Only if you give written consent or a provider determines you are not in a state of mind to make a rational choice
STD/HIV testing and treatment
  • Age: 14 and older
  • Will my parents be notified? No
Birth control services, abortion services, prenatal care
  • Age: No restriction
  • Will my parents/the father be notified? No

Homeless youth and youth that qualify as Mature Minors have independent access to more services. Read more.

Rights for parents

As of 2019, Washington State has passed new laws making it easier for parents to intervene in their child’s treatment. You do not need your child’s consent for the following:

Outpatient mental health treatment

  • Your right: You can take your teen to be evaluated and treated for a range of outpatient behavioral health care services.
  • Requirement: The treatment must be deemed medically necessary care.
  • Your right: As a parent, you can decide your child must participate in up to 12 routine outpatient therapy sessions.
  • Requirement: The treatment must be deemed medically necessary care.

Medical information

  • Your right: You can learn details about your adolescent’s diagnosis and treatment for mental health problems.
  • Requirement: Their behavioral health care provider must believe that sharing the information will benefit treatment and not harm the child.

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