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Applying for Admission to Northwest Passage

If you would like your child considered for admission to Northwest Passage, we need to gather information about your child’s mental health history and needs. This application can be the beginning of that process. We may require additional information in the form of previous records; however, the information on this application can help us get started in understanding if we can be a resource for your child and family. Please complete this application to the best of your ability and submit it for our consideration to begin the admissions/referral process. You will be able to electronically submit this application after completion.

Preparing for the Transition

We want to help you every step of the way as you prepare to send your child to Northwest Passage for care. You may be wondering how often you get to communicate with your child or what you should pack for their departure? Below you’ll find answers to those questions and more. Just click on the button for the program your child will be attending.


Welcome Book and Caretaker’s Guide





Northwest Passage will develop contracts individually with parents, agencies, or third party private insurance carriers. As a part of the admissions screening process, the options for payment will be discussed.


Health Insurance Coverage

While we may have the ability to work with some insurance providers, insurance funding for our programs is very limited and varies greatly by plan. Because the process of seeking or maintaining insurance funding for this level of care has grown in complexity, we cannot guarantee that we are able to commit the resources required to capture that funding. Due to the limitations of insurance funding, families must be prepared to pay out of pocket for placement in our programs. We can discuss this further during the admissions process.


Making a Referral

Northwest Passage accepts referrals from parents, social service personnel, community service providers (therapists, psychiatrists), and independent educational consultants.

Because each child is unique and the goals and motivations for seeking treatment services are dynamic, each referral involves a screening process where the referring party can provide information about the child in need of services. This will help us determine the most appropriate options to meet your needs.

The most efficient way to begin a referral is by completing the application linked at the top of this page.

Please note that we typically do not have immediate openings for our programs and we are not a provider of mental health crisis services. Immediate care for a safety crisis should be sought in your local community. If your child or client is in crisis, if you suspect their safety is at risk, and/or they need immediate care, please contact your local crisis services, seek care at your nearest hospital, or contact emergency services. You may also contact the National Mental Health Crisis Hotline by calling 988.  

If you have questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator:
 Tanya Nelson | e-mail:


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