Programs & Services
Behavioral Health: Family & Youth Services, Youth Residential Services
Page last updated:
November 14, 2023
November 14, 2023

Muckleshoot Health & Wellness Center

17500 SE 392nd St

Auburn, WA 98092


Mon 8:00am - 5:00pm

Tue 8:00am - 5:00pm

Wed 8:00am - 5:00pm

Thu 8:00am - 5:00pm

Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm

Closed daily 12:00-1:00pm for lunch.

Program Overview

Family and Youth Services (FYS) is a division of the Behavioral Health Program, located in the Health and Wellness Center. FYS offers Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder counseling for youth ages 6 and up. FYS Clinical staff are all fully licensed and offer counseling for individual youth and their families. Family participation is encouraged whenever possible. FYS has regular consultation with staff Psychiatrist, Dr. Reddy when medication evaluation is indicated. FYS also has a youth residential home, Sacred House. Sacred House is available for short or long residential stays for girls ages 13 thru 19. In 2022, Sacred House helped 19 residents and an emergency placement for one newborn.

Services Provided

Family and Youth Services at the Health & Wellness Center

(Serving Youths Under 18 Years of Age)

  • Mental Health Counseling for youth and their families
  • Alcohol and drug prevention/education, assessment, outpatient treatment and case management
  • Equine Assisted Counseling and Learning Services
  • School-based counseling, groups and advocacy
  • Parent and family trainings and education
  • Organized outings, retreats and community evens/activities to support clients in services
  • Support Groups
  • Psychiatric care and medication management
  • The Sacred House, Girls residential home

Family and Youth Services: Prevention Services

  • Warriors Path: A weekly group that offers substance use disorder education and prevention, cultural teachings, and outdoor activities including rafting, harvesting, rafting and hiking.
  • ART Aggression Replacement Therapy Group
  • Prevention with MTS: Including specialized trainings, drug specific education, and activities for Red Ribbon week.
  • Healthy Choices Prevention Group
  • EHS Indigenous Youth Group: self-empowerment, substance use disorder prevention & support.
  • Tobacco education/prevention for Elementary age participants
  • Youth Forest Crew: Providing prevention services to the youth forest crew in an outdoor setting.

Youth Residential Services: Sacred House

  • Sacred House is a fully-staffed, 24-hour residential home for Muckleshoot adolescent females ages 13-19 years old to provide support, guidance, and skills training to residents.
  • Peer Counseling as State Certified Peer Support Specialists (5 certified staff members)
  • Communication circles to address conflict resolution and improving communication among staff and residents. (Staff members completed Collective Voices training in June 2022)
  • Traditional Medicine for healing and weekly plant teachings: Sacred House implemented a
  • traditional Medicine cabinet, where staff and residents can sample the tea and medicine. (Two staff members have completed the Plant Teachings Apprenticeship)

Eligibility for Services

Outlook for 2023

Highlights of 2022

Family and Youth Services, Youth Residential Services Highlights

  • Completed a SAMSHA Tribal Opioid Response grant (Harvesting Our Wellness through Cultural knowledge). Several “Culture Days” were hosted for the community including; camas harvesting, wild greens and beaches and Cooking in traditional earthen ovens. 10 staff completed a 72 hour apprenticeship with Plant Teachings expert Val Segrest. Apprentices’ learned about different indigenous plants and the corresponding medicinal and social-emotional qualities. Traditional medicine Apothecaries were set up in 3 BHP locations to be utilized by staff and clients. Traditional Medicine First Aide kits were distributed at Tonanamus Days and at the Community Health Fair. Behavioral Health has adopted the Plant Teachings for Social Emotional Skills as an important tool to assist prevention and intervention.
  • Collaborated with the Youth Development Department to provide culture based prevention education to youth. Co-produced and end of summer field day.
  • Positive Indian Parenting Classes offered in Fall of 2022, along with new training for staff and community members.
  • Participated in prevention activities with Muckleshoot Tribal School including during Red Ribbon week (October Drug and Alcohol prevention month) sharing plant medicine information, and, made Huckleberry sodas for 250 Muckleshoot Tribal School students.

General Behavioral Health Program Highlights

Apothecary with Valerie Segrest

BHP staff members participated in a six month Herbal Foundation Apprenticeship instructed by Valerie Segrest. Two mental health counselors and one outreach aid (Muckleshoot Tribal Member) participated to gain field experience harvesting, identifying traditional plants of the Muckleshoot People to gain an understanding of how plant teachings offer support with social and emotional health. The course was supported by SAMSHA Harvesting Our Wellness Grant. The second phase of this program includes the addition of apothecary cabinets at Adult BHP, FYS, and Sacred House to offer traditional medicines and incorporate more holistic methods of healing.

Left to Right: Sita Das, Argelia Chavez and Elise Krohn; Brianna Perez and Val Segrest

Overdose Prevention Training and Narcan Distribution

Distributed close to 1400 Narcan kits from January to October 2022 in an initiative to increase awareness and to prevent overdoses in the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe through community engagement and support events.

Deployment of the Behavioral Health After-Hours Helpline: (253) 290-2824

Muckleshoot clinical staff are now available to help callers with emotional distress and find assistance if needed. 

In January 2022, the Muckleshoot Behavioral Health Program and Family and Youth Services launched an after-hours phone line for urgent mental health or chemical dependency needs.

The After-Hours Helpline was developed in response to community feedback and is monitored by BHP mental health and substance use disorder professionals.

Community members are encouraged to call BHP during business hours for urgent support at (253) 804-8752, but the After-Hours Helpline is available to the Muckleshoot community 7 days a week outside of regular business hours, including weekends, evenings, holidays and closures.

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