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Mental Health CareConnect

Mental Health CareConnect (MHCC) is a free, confidential service providing consultation about non-crisis mental health questions or concerns. The service is staffed by mental health navigators and psychiatrists from the UW Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  

MHCC overview

What can MHCC help with?

No concern is too big or too small. We can:

  • Schedule you for a free, one time, phone- based consultation with an adult or child psychiatrist who can answer your questions about mental health symptoms, medications, or clarify health treatment options
  • Assist with finding customized community mental health resources based on your needs and preferences
  • Discuss options to help if you have a family member in need
  • Coordinate with your primary care provider

This service is not a crisis or suicide hotline. If you or a family member is suicidal or in crisis, you should call 911. To speak with a crisis worker, call or text 988. 

When is it available?

MHCC is available Mon. – Fri. from 8:00am to 5:00pm* PT by phone, text, or chat.

Contact MHCC at 206.520.CARE (2273) or chat with us by clicking on the purple icon.

Mental Health CareConnect is an additional behavioral health service and does not replace or alter your mental health and substance use disorder benefits that are administered through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois or services available via the Boeing Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

*Calls, texts, or web chats received after 4:30pm on business days, or received on weekends and holidays, will be responded to on our next business day.

How much does it cost?

MHCC is free! This confidential service is available at no cost to you or your insurance plan.

Open to all Washington State-based Boeing employees and their families, regardless of insurance coverage. You may also contact MHCC to find out if you are eligible for this program.

MHCC providers

Ryan Kimmel, MD

Ryan Kimmel, MD, talks about how psychiatrists can help people learn coping skills to feel better and improve their functioning.

Amanda Focht, MD

Amanda Focht, MD, is an Adult Psychiatrist well-versed in both medication and face-to-face therapies.

Robert Hilt, MD

Child psychiatrist and pediatrician Robert Hilt, MD, prides himself on helping families deal with any mental and behavioral health problems that arise.

Richard Ries, MD

Addiction Psychiatrist Richard Ries, MD, brings a wealth of experience in seeing patients of all kinds to Mental Health CareConnect.

Frequently asked questions

No. We do not share any information with your employer that could identify you in any way. We also do not communicate any information about the nature of your questions, what was discussed, or the call or text itself.

We believe wellness is more than just physical health. We want to support Boeing employees and their families by providing quicker and more convenient access to mental health care, consultation, and resources.

If you choose to connect with a psychiatric provider through Mental Health CareConnect, you will speak to a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists have earned a medical degree (MD or DO) and specialize in assessing and treating mental health conditions. They are well-versed in medications and can make recommendations about types of therapy that could help with treatment. All of the adult and pediatric psychiatrists who are part of Mental Health CareConnect have extensive experience in common mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, and many specialize in specific conditions (e.g. bipolar disorder, addictions) and populations (e.g. children and adolescents, adults and/or older adults).

The person who you will first connect with is a Mental Health Navigator. There are people with specialized knowledge around finding mental health and substance use resources in the community, and they can help you schedule a time to talk with one of our psychiatrists.

If a child (under the age of 18) reaches out, our policy is to talk to you or you and your child together, but we do not speak with minors alone.

Follow-up phone calls or texts to Mental Health CareConnect will not be charged. If you get help from our Mental Health Navigator with locating ongoing care, the community resources you ultimately connect with would be billed to your insurance just like regular healthcare appointments.

There is no limit to how many times you can use Mental Health CareConnect. However, if you reach out multiple times and we do not seem to be helping or meeting your goals, or if you need additional care, our providers may advise you to follow up with the community resources we have suggested.

If you or a family member are in crisis, are suicidal, homicidal, or otherwise at imminent risk, you should call 911, call 988 to speak with crisis support, or go to the nearest emergency room. Mental Health CareConnect is not a crisis or suicide hotline, is not a substitute for an emergency room, and cannot coordinate ER visits, psychiatric hospitalization, or law enforcement intervention.

Yes. You may leave a confidential message after hours and a Mental Health Navigator will get back to you within one business day.

While we cannot address the specific case of a friend or colleague with you, we can provide general information about helpful resources in the community.

Both EAP and MHCC are confidential services designed to connect employees and their families to mental health care.

The Boeing Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides up to 6 free counseling sessions per issue, per calendar year, to Boeing employees or their eligible dependents. The program also offers WorkLife referrals such as assistance locating childcare, eldercare, legal and financial advice as well as access to helpful online articles. For more detailed information, please visit http://www.achievesolutions.net/boeing, or call 866-719-5788.

Mental Health CareConnect provides Boeing employees and their families in Washington State 2 services; participants can select one or both. Both services are free of charge. 

  1. Free telephone consultation with UW Medicine and Seattle Children's Hospital psychiatrists for non-crisis mental health conditions and concerns. These consultations may address things such as mental health treatment options (including medication and therapy), talking through what support might be needed, and possible coordination of care with primary care providers.                                            
  2. A Mental Health Navigator can assist with locating community mental health resources (for counseling and/or for a psychiatric provider) with current availability if you are interested in getting ongoing care. Care with a community provider is billed to your insurance as a typical healthcare visit would be.

When you call or text, you will be connected with our Mental Health Navigator who will collect your insurance information (please have your subscriber ID #, which is on your insurance card), register you if you are not already a UW Medicine patient (this can take about 10 minutes for new patients), and schedule you for a consultation with a psychiatrist. Connection to the psychiatrist is sometimes the same day but can be up to two business days later.