Child Advocacy Program (CAP)
The Compass Health Children’s Advocacy Program (CAP) provides services to children and adolescents who have been, or are believed to have been, sexually abused, from birth to 22 years old and their non-offending family members. The youth and family focused services are provided at Compass Health clinics by professionals specifically trained to treat victims of sexual abuse.
Counseling and ongoing-therapy are proven to alleviate the long-term conditions that often result from abuse, such as feelings of guilt and shame, extreme anxiety, and depression. Children and adolescents who receive immediate support following the disclosure of abuse learn to deal with these conditions before they establish themselves and become life-long problems. When a parent learns that their child has been the victim of sexual abuse, this can often cause a crisis in the family, accompanied by feelings of guilt and shame, extreme anxiety, and depression for both the non-offending parent and the child. Compass Health’s clinicians are specifically trained to help children, adolescents and their families figure out the most effective way to move past the trauma of sexual abuse and live normal and happy lives.
Our specially trained therapists use Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as their treatment model. This is an evidence-based practice that has been shown many times by research to be a highly effective treatment model for trauma.
In addition to our Compass Health clinics, we have CAP specialists located at Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center in downtown Everett.
Dawson Place is accredited as a Child Advocacy Center by the National Children’s Alliance and it provides a single location that provides ALL the services that are available to victims of sexual abuse: child-oriented medical and mental health care, forensic interviews, advocacy & protective services, police investigations, and prosecution services. Dawson Place is specifically designed for children and families to work through the trauma of sexual abuse.
How much will these services cost?
No child, youth, or family will be denied CAP services because of an inability to pay.
The cost of CAP is covered, in part, by most health insurance plans. If you have made a police report, we will help you apply for Crime Victims Compensation which is a state program that pays for counseling for victims of crimes. If you do not have insurance the cost of therapy is covered by a grant from the Office of Crime Victim’s Advocacy (OCVA).
This service is available in Snohomish County.
To access this service, call 844-822-7609 and request an outpatient assessment; the outpatient assessor can refer you to this service if indicated. If you are already enrolled in services at Compass Health, talk to your clinician about this service.