Child Study & Treatment Center

About CSTC

CSTC is located in Lakewood adjacent to Western State Hospital. CSTC has four cottages. Camano Cottage serves children 6-11 years old, Ketron serves children 12-14 years old, Orcas serves children 14-18 years old, and San Juan serves both forensic and CLIP children ages 14-18 years old. 

“The parents are usually pretty excited about their kid being here and having a team around them that’s supportive,” said Dr. Francesca Dewalt, the program director for Orcas Cottage.

Get Started By Locating Your Local BH-ASO/MCO

Frequently Asked Question

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.

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

Each child’s length of stay varies according to his/her individualneeds 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.