Marysville, WA – With mental health at a crisis level in the region, Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital is announcing the opening of services for transgender and non-binary adolescents in Western Washington.

“Our community is facing a mental health crisis in the transgender and non-binary population,” said Freddie Ford, CEO at Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital. “Eighty percent (80%) of transgender youth consider suicide and continue to fight for visibility and legal equality. Transgender and non-binary people are our friends, our neighbors, our colleagues, our family, our loved ones. Our team of medical professionals and licensed clinicians is one-of-a-kind in our state and throughout the country. The program’s emphasis provides strong clinical treatments with a focus on family support and resources. Our goal is to keep family members connected with their loved ones as they take part in the treatment process, a vital step with this population.”

To support the continued mental health struggles of Washington adolescents, Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital has added into their curriculum, a transgender and non-binary population track for their Adolescent Inpatient and IOP program. They have also added an Adolescent PHP program. Specific to youth ages 13-17, the programs utilize Collaborative Problem Solving and The Zones of Regulation curriculum, teaching teens and their families how to structure conversations to help adolescents self-regulate and seek collaborative solutions, rather than the child becoming reactive and destructive in their behaviors. 

Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital offers a full continuum of mental health and substance use disorder care, including the Inpatient Adult Intensive Care Program, Adult Dual Diagnosis and Detox Program, and programs specifically tailored for Adolescent Mental Health and Women. It is the first hospital in the state to offer in-depth services for transgender and non-binary patients and their families. It also offers assessments free of charge, and individuals can be admitted directly into the programs or referred. Information is available 24 hours a day at (844) 202-5555.


About Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital
Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital’s mission is to provide outstanding care, compassionate people, and unparalleled service, offering a full continuum of inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment to patients in Washington. The state of the art, 115-bed hospital, provides specialized, evidence-based behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment. For more information, please visit

Fredericka Ford, CEO
Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital