Serving Native American & Alaska Native Communities throughout the state of Washington to access culturally appropriate behavioral health resources.
Who We Are...
The Washington Indian Behavioral Health Hub exists as a central resource point for those affiliated with the Native American and Alaska Native Communities. We are available statewide to assist in a variety of ways, giving special attention to culture and community connection.
The HUB has been developed in partnership with the Tribal Centric Behavioral Health Advisory Board, the American Indian Health Commission, the Washington State Health Care Authority and the Department of Health.
What is the Hub?
Who do we serve?
The behavioral health and crisis systems can be difficult to navigate, at times, we could all use support to connect with the services that we need. The Washington Indian Behavioral Health Hub (WIBHH) is a resource line specifically for Native American/Alaska Native people.
The Hub was developed to support Indian health care providers, Tribal governments, families, and individuals looking for assistance navigating the complex behavioral health system. The Hub provides both Native and Non-Native resources to any person requesting them.
Any Indigenous person in Washington state can call the Hub for resources or support. The Hub is a statewide service available to meet the needs of the Tribal Affiliated community and coordinates with Tribal agencies, healthcare professionals, hospitals, and in- and outpatient programs. We recognize and serve all Indigenous neighbors, regardless of geographic tribal affiliation.
We offer tribal resources available to the caller as well as resource information to outside entities for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, First Nations, and their descendants.
Track bed capacity
Follow up on Native and Strong Lifeline calls
Provide Native American specific resources
Contact for tribal DCR’s
Provide light case management (up to 2 weeks)
Information & Referrals
We are working hard to keep our networking and resources relevant and up to date to offer the most current support to our callers.
This includes but is not limited to:
Finding inpatient facilities for behavioral health and/or substance abuse
Connecting to legal assistance
Utility and energy assistance
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Native youth ages 10-24
& Strong Lifeline
The Native and Strong Lifeline is a suicide, crisis, and help line specifically for American Indian and Alaska Natives.
The Native and Strong Lifeline is fully staffed and operated by other Native people. This means that when you call the Native and Strong Lifeline, a Tribal Crisis Counselor will take your call.
We are here to listen. Any time.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Native youth ages 10-24. Native communities experience the highest rates of suicide amongst all racial and ethnic groups in the United States, and suicide rates among American Indian and Alaska Native communities rose by 118 percent between 1999-2017.
Suicide is preventable and your time here is sacred. The Native and Strong Lifeline is one way that we can help prevent suicide in our communities and make each other stronger. It will send a message that healing and getting help are normal and important parts of life.
The Native and Strong Lifeline serves all AI/AN, First Nations, Enrolled tribal members, and unenrolled descendants. This line is for all Indigenous people living in Washington state, regardless of their geographic tribal location.
Community members will now be able to receive confidential services during mental health emergencies with minimal involvement of police or hospitals. They will be served by other Natives who have a true understanding of their specific needs, keeping traditional elements of culture in mind on their journey to healing.
You will be connected with a trained Tribal Crisis Counselor. The caller can talk about any emotional crisis, not just suicide. The Tribal Crisis Counselor will use active listening to assess risk, determine if a person is in danger, and assist the person in feeling better and accessing resources. If the counselor believes the caller is in danger, they will work with the caller to create a safety plan that does not require calling emergency services. Less than 3% of calls result in dispatching 911 services. If you are calling about a friend or family member who is in distress, the person on the phone will walk you through how to help and provide resources.
No. The Native and Strong Lifeline will not be replacing any existing Tribally operated crisis lines.
The Native and Strong Lifeline is simply available to any Indigenous person wanting to speak to other Native people when they need support. For example, some people like to work with people outside of their Tribes when they need support or, if your Tribe’s crisis line is not available 24/7 you can call the Native and Strong Lifeline as an alternative. There are many reasons that a person may wish to call, and we are here to support you.
If this is a life-threatening emergency, dial 911.
If you or someone you know are in crisis or considering suicide, call 988. Counselors are available 24 hours a day.
Our Tribal Hub staff is available during normal business hours for support or to answer questions. Simply fill out the contact form or give us a call at 1-866-491-1683!