Families, youth, and children living in Northeast Washington and facing mental health challenges are welcome at Passages. We are a peer support organization that strives to form healthy partnerships with clients by providing recovery-based support services, coordination of care, classes, and advocacy.

Who We Are

Passages is a consumer/family operated licensed community mental health agency that provides outpatient mental health services for individuals enrolled in the Spokane County Regional Support Network System of Care.

Need Immediate Help?

For a Mental Health Emergency,
First Call for Help at:

(509) 838-4428

If It's a Life or Death Situation,
Please Call 911


Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again checked in a blind alley. But always, if we have faith, a door will open for us, not perhaps one that we ourselves would ever have thought of but one that will ultimately prove good for us.

- A. J. Cronin

Recent Updates


Washington state’s Division of Child Support is Celebrating the Launch of a New App

New app provides access to state child support info on the go

Release Date:
Aug 10 2015
Release #:
DSHS Office of Communications
Norah West
(360) 902-7833

August launch coincides with Child Support Awareness Month

child support app

OLYMPIA — Washington state’s Division of Child Support is celebrating the launch of a new app for Android phones this August. The launch coincides with Child Support Awareness Month and reflects how child support programs are addressing the changing needs of families.

“We are focused on finding new ways to help parents overcome barriers to supporting their children financially and emotionally,” said Wally McClure, director of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Division of Child Support. “Studies tell us that improving and stabilizing family incomes contributes to brighter futures for children, families and communities.”

Developed by the Division of Child Support, the WA State Child Support app can be found in the Google Play Store. An Apple version will soon follow. The app helps people find local child support offices, access easy ways to make a support payment and even includes a calculator that will make a rough estimate of a child support obligation.

Apps for mobile devices are part of the Division of Child Support’s continued effort to serve families in Washington, which has been on the leading edge of child support programs since as early as 1961. In 2014, the division’s work touched one in six children in Washington resulting in the collection of more than $684 million. Ninety-two percent of the money collected by the division went directly to families. The remaining 8 percent offsets public assistance costs.

The division is committed to doing more than collection, through programs such as Alternative Solutions and the Employment Pipeline that help parents get back on track financially. It also participates in innovative grant programs that move families to long-term financial stability in partnership with DSHS’s Community Services Division.

Washington’s approach and the positive effect of efficient child support collection are part of the reason Gov. Jay Inslee issued a proclamation declaring August 2015 as Child Support Awareness Month. August was first designated as Child Support Awareness Month in 1995 by President Bill Clinton, and 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of a federal child support program.


Congratulations to Passages Peer Specialist Helen Franklin!


Helen Franklin, a peer specialist, who has worked at Passages Family Support for 8 years, was chosen by the Washington State Department of Behavioral Health & Recovery as the 2015 Peer Specialist of the Year.   Helen was recognized at the 2015 Washington State Behavioral Health Care Conference.



Newest Information about Depression and Suicide

A recent DSHS news release has offered some data from the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey about depression and suicide. An increasing number of Washington teens say they feel sad or hopeless, have thoughts of suicide, and have attempted suicide, according to the state Healthy Youth Survey. It’s being distributed to news agencies statewide today and is available here: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/…/student-depression-suicide-attemp….

A fact sheet with additional information about suicide prevention is available here: http://www.askhys.net/Home/Press.




When Mental Health Care is Denied

This is an interesting piece recently done by 60 minutes- it’s about the struggles between mental health care providers and insurance companies.



The Dangers of Biases

Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we’ve seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.

To watch the video click here:    How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them


September is Recovery Month!

In its 25th year, Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders.  For more information CLICK here.


New NIMH Publications now available on our website

Check out the educational materials that have been made available by the National Institute of Mental Health Publications (NIMH). These short publications offer basic information about signs, symptoms, and related treatment of specific mental illnesses. You can find the link under the “Resources” Tab.


Passages is proud to be a member of the PRO Alliance, the Washington State NIMH Outreach Partnership Program grant recipient

For More Information click on:  http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml

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