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 covers psychiatric inpatient care, those benefits are also applied to the cost of stay. Read more about Medicaid.

Q.  How do I apply?

A. The voluntary application process is a two-tiered process that begins with contacting your local BHO/MCO representative. If a local decision is made to proceed with a referral to CLIP, the BHO/MCO gathers all the application materials and contacts the CLIP Administration. The CLIP Administration is the final authority for determining a child's eligibility for admission.

Q. How long do children stay in a CLIP Program?

A. Each child's length of stay varies according to his/her individual needs and progress toward treatment goals. The average length of stay 9 months. Children are returned to their home/community as soon as possible. The community partners including family, DSHS case worker, therapists, schools, etc., are expected to collaborate with the CLIP Program to assure appropriate discharge resources are in place prior discharge.

Q. Can a child be admitted to a CLIP Program more than once?

A. Yes, as long as the child meets admission criteria.

Q. How long do children have to wait for admission?

A. Wait times vary greatly and are dependent upon bed availability, family/community choice, geographic proximity, age, gender, presenting clinical needs, etc. Once a child is eligible for admission as determined by the CLIP Administration, his/her name is placed on the state waiting list and will be admitted when a bed is available at the appropriate CLIP Program.

Q. What if services are needed immediately?

A. A CLIP admission is not available as a crisis service. Nor are children admitted to a CLIP Program solely because they need a safely 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 individual child and his/her family.

Q. What happens if the voluntary application is denied?

A. If the voluntary application is denied at the county level, please contact your local BHO/MCO office. Each office has their own policy and procedures. If the voluntary application is denied at the state level, the CLIP Administration makes specific recommendations for evaluation and/or treatment alternatives. Please note that children may be referred to the CLIP Administration more than once, even if an application has been denied in the past. Approximately 95% of all voluntary applications are approved, indicating that BHOs/MCOs and their partners referring only those children most in need of this kind of treatment.

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Children's Long-term Inpatient Program (CLIP)