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Psychiatry & Behavioral Health

When life’s challenges become overwhelming, you don’t have to go through them alone. Virginia Mason Franciscan Health’s behavioral health professionals are here to help you deal with stress, addiction, emotions and other issues with compassionate care.

In the event of a behavioral health emergency, call 911 or visit any hospital Emergency Services department.

  • We’re focused on healing the whole person—body, mind and spirit. That means we value your emotional and mental health just as much as your physical health.

    Our skilled professional team has specialized training to care for people with all types of behavioral health and addiction issues. We bring together experts from several disciplines, including:

    • Psychiatrists and psychologists
    • Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners
    • Registered nurses
    • Addiction medicine specialists
    • Licensed clinical mental health counselors (LMHC) and social workers (LiCSW)
    • Chaplains
    • Occupational and recreational therapists
  • We care for people with many short-term and chronic behavioral health conditions, including:

    • Anxiety
    • Bipolar disorder
    • Catatonia
    • Depression
    • Personality disorders
    • Post traumatic stress disorder
    • Psychosis
    • Schizoaffective disorder
    • Schizophrenia
    • Other psychiatric conditions
  • We offer the following outpatient behavioral health services in a clinic setting:

    • Psychiatric consultation for diagnosis and treatment recommendations
    • Short-term therapeutic interventions for specific goals
    • Group classes on a variety of behavioral health topics
    • Grief services

    Our outpatient Behavioral Health department doesn’t provide crisis services, direct long-term follow-up, case management, financial/housing resources, court-mandated assessments, disability evaluations, chemical dependency services or inpatient psychiatric services.

Get help in a crisis

If you’re thinking about harming yourself or others, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Crisis lines

Other crisis services

Inpatient behavioral health

One in five adults will experience a mental health issue every year, some of those serious enough to require inpatient care. Virginia Mason Franciscan Health offers inpatient behavioral health services at the following locations:

Kitsap Mental Health Services

Located on the Kitsap Peninsula, the Adult Inpatient Unit at Kitsap Mental Health Services provides 15 residential treatment beds for adults detained involuntarily for psychiatric evaluation and treatment. The Kitsap Mental Health Services Youth Inpatient Unit is a 10-bed residential treatment facility for youth 8 to 17. Learn more about Kitsap Mental Health Services.

Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health and MultiCare Health System came together to jointly build and operate an inpatient facility located in Tacoma on the MultiCare Allenmore Hospital campus. Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital provides short-term voluntary and involuntary admissions for adults with a focus on general psychiatric care for individuals ages 18 and older with common psychiatric conditions such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Acute depression
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Self-injury
  • Mania
  • Psychosis

Our professional clinicians treat behavioral health as well as co-existing secondary medical or chemical dependency conditions. Learn more about Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital.

Collaborative Care model for outpatient services

Our Behavioral Health department uses a collaborative care model for outpatient services. This allows patients who are connected to a primary care provider at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health to receive both physical and behavioral health care at a familiar location. This model includes the primary care team, a behavioral health consultant and a consulting psychiatrist who collaborate on patient care.

Your primary care provider (PCP) will make a referral to behavioral health if the model is appropriate for you. This may include seeing a behavioral health consultant for brief, solution-focused, skills-based therapeutic intervention. It may also involve a one-time consultation with a psychiatrist to help you and your PCP decide whether new medications or medication changes may be appropriate, and what the best course of treatment is. The PCP will remain your primary point of contact and will reach out to the consulting providers with questions moving forward.

Patients experiencing chronic or complex issues may benefit from longer-term therapy or ongoing medication management with a psychiatric specialist. If this is the case, your PCP can submit a request to a referral agency we partner with.

Get a referral

We’re currently accepting internal referrals from Virginia Mason Franciscan Health primary care providers only. Please schedule an appointment with your primary care provider to talk about whether a referral to our Collaborative Care model may be useful for you.

Connecting you with care

If you or a loved one is experiencing a behavioral health issue that interferes with daily functioning, help is available.