The SMART (School Medical Autism Review) Team consists of community service providers who have the experience and passion for supporting local families. The SMART team will make recommendations or referrals to a Certified Center of Excellence (COE) Provider who is able to evaluate and provide an Autism diagnosis if one is warranted.
The SMART Team is part of the Washington State Medical Home Partnerships Project. The team consists of a group of local service providers and COEs whose goal is to help local families with timely access to Autism evaluation and referrals to local supports and services. We have trained Centers of Excellence providers who can provide Autism evaluation and diagnosis.
Our Team meets monthly to review referrals and determine the next steps for families. We work closely with the Children and Youth with Special Health Needs program to ensure that families are provided with resources and a next steps plan whether their child receives and Autism diagnosis or not.
An Autism Center of Excellence (COE) is any medical practice, psychology practice, multidisciplinary assessment team or individual health care provider that:
-has received the COE training authorized by the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA)
-or has been judged by the HCA to be qualified to diagnose Autism and write a prescription for Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services if appropriate.
If you have questions and live in Grays Harbor County contact:
Grays Harbor County Public Health
Stefani Joesten – SMART Coordinator
Work Cell: 360.660.5024
2109 Sumner Ave
Aberdeen, WA 98520
If you have questions about the SMART process in Pacific County, contact:
Pacific County Public Health
Princess Klus – SMART Coordinator
Office: 360.875.9300, ext 2628
PO Box 26
South Bend, WA 98586
Contact The Arc of Grays Harbor for help with filling out your SMART packet.
The Arc of Grays Harbor
Christie Chiles - Information Services Director
¿Necesita ayuda para completar el paquete SMART en español?
Comuníquese con Estela Aguilar en The Arc of Grays Harbor al 360-537-7000.
Have questions or need assistance?
Do you have questions about the SMART process? Reach out to a SMART Coordinator in Grays Harbor or Pacific County. Our Coordinators can provide information about the SMART Team, what to expect during the SMART process, how to make a referral, and much more. If you need help filling out your SMART Packet, reach out to The Arc of Grays Harbor and someone on their team can help you.
Anyone can make a referral to the SMART Team for a child 10 years of age or younger, including medical professionals, school districts, service providers, and parents. There is no cost to families for this service.Online Referral Form Print out a Referral Form to Mail Contact a SMART Coordinator
(If you are from an agency/school district/medical office etc. and are referring a family to the SMART Team, we ask that you please inform the family about the referral prior to sending it in, thank you.)
After a referral is made, the SMART Team will contact the person who made the referral to collect some more information. The parent or guardian will need to fill out a SMART Team Packet. The parent or guardian AND people close to the person who was referred (such as their teacher, daycare provider, doctor, or other family members) will need to fill out a short questionnaire about the person's behaviors and characteristics called the Getting to Know Form. Click the buttons below to access these forms.SMART Team Packet
Children & Youth with Special Healthcare Needs
The Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs program offers
family support, care coordination, & health information
for children (age 17 or younger) who have, or are at risk of having, a condition which may prevent them from growing, developing, or playing like other children. The CYSHCN program is available to families in Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties.
RUBI is a parent education program designed to decrease challenging behaviors in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is designed for parents and caregivers who have a child between the ages of 3 and 10 with a diagnosis of ASD and problem behaviors such as: aggression (hitting, kicking, biting), tantrums, meltdowns, screaming, noncompliance, whining, and other behaviors that interfere with your daily life. The child should be able to follow simple, 1-step instructions. The program consists of 13 to 16 weekly 1-hour visits. RUBI is delivered one-on-one, which means it will be you and the provider working together on your child’s specific behavior issues. In most cases, your child's health insurance will cover the program. If you are interested in setting up an appointment or learning more visit springtidefamilyhealth.com.
Grays Harbor and Pacific County Parent to Parent
Grays Harbor and Pacific County Parent to Parent is a program of The Arc of Grays Harbor and offers parent support, education, family activities, and resources for parents of children ages 3 and up with a disability or special healthcare need. Parent to Parent coordinators are trained to provide educational workshops, support groups, family activities, and information and referral services to families. P2P also offers a helping parent program that provides peer support.
Coastal Behavioral Solutions provides Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy in Pacific County, Washington. For more information, call 360-347-6433
Basics NW provides ABA therapy in Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties. For more information call (360) 915-6868.
Focused Behavior Solutions provides ABA Therapy in Montesano, WA (Grays Harbor) for ages 1-6. For more information call 1-800-781-5536.
Check out our SMART Resource GuideSMART Resource Guide
Our resource guide is full of local information for families who live in Grays Harbor and Pacific county. You can find contact information for local school districts, disability services, parent support, recreation, and much more! Click the button below to view the resource guide.SMART Resource Guide
Become a SMART Team member!
The Grays Harbor and Pacific County SMART Team is currently accepting new members. Our members include service providers such as medical professionals and therapy providers, employees of local agencies that serve the disability community, people with lived experience, special education staff, and more. If you are interested in joining the
Pacific and Grays Harbor Counties
SMART Team, please contact Stefani
Joesten at 360.660.5024.
Become a trained Center of Excellence provider
What is a Center of Excellence (COE)? An autism Center of Excellence (COE) is a primary care provider, psychologist or psychiatrist that has received the COE training authorized by the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) and has been judged by the HCA to be qualified to diagnose autism and write a prescription for Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services if appropriate.
If you would like more information about how to become a Center of Excellence, visit the Medical Home Partnership website or click the button below.
At this time the Pacific and Grays Harbor Counties SMART Team is able to take referrals for children 10 years of age and younger.
Due to their complexities, some kiddos are a better fit for our regional autism centers like Mary Bridge or Seattle Children's. This would include:
-Children with multiple diagnoses such as oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, etc.
-Children with extensive trauma
-Families requesting a “rule-out”
-Children who have had previous evaluations for autism.
Refer families in need of an Autism evaluation
Print out the SMART Team paperwork packet and send it home with families at the same time you fax their referral form to us. Our fax number is 360.533.6272, please include a cover page with ATTN: Stefani Joesten.SMART Team Packet Print out a Referral Form to Fax
Check out our Provider Brochure
Check out our provider brochure for more information about the SMART Team, making referrals, and our process.Provider Brochure
Our resource guide is full of local information for families who live in Grays Harbor and Pacific county. You can find contact information for local school districts, disability services, parent support, recreation, and much more! Please make this resource available to families who may benefit from its content.SMART Resource Guide
Grays Harbor SMART Coordinator
Work Cell: 360.660.5024
Reach out to Stefani Joesten if you live if Grays Harbor County and you have questions about the SMART Team.
Pacific County SMART Coordinator
Office: 360.875.9300, ext 2628
Reach out to Princess Klus if you live in Pacific County and you have questions about the SMART Team.
Help with SMART Packet
Español: 360.537.7000 presione el número dos
Reach out to Christie at The Arc if you need assistance filling out your SMART Packet.
Comuníquese con Estela at The Arc si necesita ayuda para completar su paquete SMART en español.
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