Children's Long Term Inpatient
for Washington State (CLIP)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who pays for CLIP beds?
A. All children served in a CLIP Program
are eligible for Medicaid funding
while in residence. If the child has private insurance that
psychiatric inpatient care those benefits are also applied to the
stay. For more information on Medicaid click
Paying for CLIP.
Q. How do I apply?
A. The voluntary application process is a
two-tiered process that begins
with contacting your local RSN representative. If a local
decision is made
to proceed with a referral to CLIP, the RSN gathers all
materials and contacts the CLIP Administration. The CLIP
is the final authority for determining a child's eligibility for
For involuntary admissions, no application is needed as
the process of
involuntary detention be a County Designated Mental
(CDMHP) and the 180 day restrictive court order
of need for this level of care.
Q. How long do children stay in a CLIP Program?
A. Each child's length of stay varies according to his/her
and progress toward treatment goals. The average length of stay is 3 -
Children are returned to their home community as soon
as possible. The
community partners including family, DSHS caseworkers,
schools, etc., are expected to collaborate with the CLIP Program
appropriate discharge resources are in place prior to discharge.
Q. Can a child be admitted to a CLIP Program more than
A. Yes, as long as the child meets admission criteria.
Q. How long do children have to wait for admission?
A. Once a child is eligible for admission as determined by
Administration, his/her name is placed on the statewide waiting list.
Once on the waiting list the child then waits for his/her bed to be
available at the appropriate CLIP Program. Wait times vary greatly and
are dependent upon bed availability, family/community choice,
proximity, age, gender, presenting clinical needs, etc.
Q. What if services are needed immediately?
A. A CLIP admission is not available as a crisis service. Nor
admitted to a CLIP Program solely because they need a safe
place to live.
A stay in a CLIP Program is a treatment episode that is
planned in a
collaborative way based upon the strengths and needs of the
child and his/her family.
Crisis services designed to meet more immediate needs are
through each RSN.
Q. What happens if the voluntary application is denied?
A. If a voluntary application is denied, the CLIP
specific recommendations for evaluation and/or treatment
Please note that children may be referred to the CLIP
more than once, even if an application has been denied in the past.
Approximately 95% of all voluntary applications are approved,
RSNs and their partners are referring only those
children most in need of this kind of treatment.