Community Mental Health
Community Mental Health Events
Mental illness effects 1 in every 5 adults in the United States, regardless of age, race, religion, or socioeconomic status. Individuals with mental health issues experience disruption in their ability to think, feel, and relate to others, and this often results in changes in daily functioning. Serious mental illnesses include mood disorders like major depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, thought disorders such as schizophrenia, and personality disorders, such as borderline and dependent personality disorders. There are untold consequences of untreated mental illness: short-term and long-term disability, unemployment, homelessness, disrupted family relationships, substance abuse, inappropriate incarceration and death are regularly experienced by individuals without access to treatment. Fortunately, treatment for mental illness, often a combination of psychosocial support and psychotropic medication, is proven to be effective. In the United States, the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) reports that between 70 and 90 percent of individuals experience a significant reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life after engaging in mental health treatment services.
Snohomish County Services & Programs
The Community Mental Health (CMH) Program works with agencies that provide services to some of the most vulnerable members of Snohomish County. CMH supports a variety of mental health programs that serve community members of all ages including: peer support, short-term case management, jail transition, therapeutic services, and treatment for dual-disorders. There are different eligibility requirements for each program, so if you need mental health services but do not know where to start, 2-1-1 – is the first point of contact for mental health services in Snohomish County. Additionally, Compass Health, Catholic Community Services, and Sunrise Services have Open Access (walk-in hours). Please call the agency for additional information.
Here are other useful numbers to call if you are in crisis or if you access mental health services through Medicaid:
- Care Crisis Line: 1-800-584-3578 (to access Triage Center, Involuntary Mental Health, Mental Health voluntary outreach team and outpatient treatment services)
- Access line: 1-888-693-7200 (for persons who have Medicaid insurance coverage)
If you are not eligible or enrolled in Medicaid, please contact one of our community mental health agencies for more information about their mental health programs:
- Catholic Community Services
- Compass Health
Everett, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, Smokey Point and Snohomish locations
- Sea Mar Community Health Center
Everett, Lynnwood, Monroe locations
(425) 609-5505 (Everett), (425) 977-2560 (Lynnwood), (360) 805-3122 (Monroe)
- Sunrise Services
Everett and Sultan locations
(425) 493-5800 or 1-877-493-5890
- Senior Services of Snohomish County
Older Adult Mental Health Access (425) 290-1260
Senior Peer Counseling (425) 290-1252
Geriatric Depression Screening (425) 740-3787
- YWCA of Snohomish County
North Sound Behavioral Health Organization (NSBHO) Advisory Board
In 1989, Snohomish County entered into an Interlocal Agreement establishing the Mental Health Regional Support Network (RSN) for Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties. These counties allow NSMHA to operate a single managed system of services for persons with mental illness living in these five counties.
The county appoints eight representatives to the North Sound Behavioral Health Organization (NSBHO) Advisory Board to provide independent and objective advice on the regional public mental health program. As of January 2018, there are two current Snohomish County board positions available. Please see the announcement below regarding the current opportunities:
Snohomish County Human Services, Behavioral Health Division, is seeking interested citizens of Snohomish County to apply for the North Sound Behavioral Health Organization Advisory Board. Members are expected to have an interest or background in mental health and substance use issues. Applicants, if selected for the Board, are expected to attend meetings in Mount Vernon. Board members are partners from the community who provide independent advice to the North Sound BHO Executive Committee, and to provide independent feedback to local jurisdictions and service providers. Please submit applications by going to the Current Openings page, and complete an online application. If you have any questions or require further information, please email Jon Waters or call at (425) 388-6291.
- North Sound Behavioral Health Organization (NSBHO) - The Behavioral Health Organization for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services in Whatcom, Snohomish, Skagit, San Juan, and Island Counties:
- Mental Health Community Training (PDF), presented by Dr. Ries in October 2014, discussed co-occurring disorders, treatment and case studies.