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Tamarack views the family as a key member of our treatment team. You know your child better than anyone, and it is important that we gain the insights and experiences you have with your child and incorporate those into our treatment plan. Parents have their own section on your child’s treatment plan to ensure that your voice is being heard and that your opinions are being recognized. Each resident is assigned a Family Specialist at the time of admission; this staff follows the child till discharge. This gives the parents a point of contact regarding the child and their progress.

 

Panic Disorder

The fight or flight response; when you’re in danger, is your body’s natural response. This is designed to protect you from danger, either by flight or fight. This is a physiological response   prepares the body to react to danger. This response includes the release of...

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

People with OCD may have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both. These symptoms can interfere with all aspects of life, such as work, school, and personal relationships.

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What is ADHD?

ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Those with ADHD have differences in brain development and brain activity. This affects attention, the ability to sit still, and self-control. ADHD can affect a child in all aspects of daily function. What Are...

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Depression in Teens

It’s not unusual for young people to experience periods of sadness or "the blues”. Teens can also feel "down in the dumps" occasionally, adolescence can be an unsettling time. This period of life is complicated by all of the changes that teens face: the impact of the...

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BECCA Bill

Origins of the BECCA Bill The BECCA Bill was passed in 1996. The parents of a 13 year-old girl (named Rebecca) went to the juvenile court for help with their daughter. Rebecca was out of control and her parents wanted to find some help for their daughter. In September...

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

  Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a system of therapy originally developed to treat persons with borderline personality disorder (BPD) by Marsha M. Linehan, a psychology researcher at the University of Washington. DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral...

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The Involuntary Treatment Act

What is the Involuntary Treatment Act? Washington State’s Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA) permits individuals to be committed by a court order to a mental hospital or institution; this is done against their will and for a limited period of time. Involuntary civil...

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A Bit of History

The beginning Tamarack Center began providing services in 1984. The Center opened with the capacity to serve 10 CLIP (Children’s Long-term Inpatient Program) referred youth. In 1991 the Center increased capacity to 11 beds when the Division of Mental Health agreed to...

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Family Satisfaction Survey

Results of 2018 Survey A family satisfaction survey was conducted in February 2018 with eleven responses received from families. Below are the results of the average scores for the responses, the scores are based on a five point rating scale with 1 representing “poor”...

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A Word from Our Director, Tim Davis

Tamarack Center is a youth treatment center in Spokane Washington focused on teens with psychiatric disorders in a controlled residential center. Tamarack is a viable solution for youth in need. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMj5rr9tb68

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