Answers to Consumer Questions
Question 12: "I
am looking for a sex offender treatment provider. How can I find one
in the Seattle or Eastside area?"
Sex Offender Treatment Providers
In Washington State
I searched the Washington State
Department of Health web site for information about sex offender
treatment and certified sex offender treatment providers and couldn’t come up with any answers. In desperation, I emailed the
Washington State Library's “Ask a Librarian” service, asking,
“How can the courts sentence people to treatment that no one can find?”
Floyd Else, Webmaster
[ The Washington State Library responded. ]
"Sex offender treatment providers in WA are licensed by the WA Dept. of Health's Health Professions Quality Assurance
Sex Offender Treatment Provider Program.
Washington State Licensing Requirements for Sex Offender Treatment Providers: Certifications for both fully certified and affiliate
providers expire annually on the providers date of provider's birth. Renewals are considered timely if postmarked on or before the
expiration date. Certifications that are allowed to expire are subject to an additional late renewal penalty fee. Courtesy renewal
notices are sent approximately 30 days prior to the expiration date; however, the provider is responsible for renewing his or her
certification prior to the expiration date.
"While the Dept. of Health does have a
Provider Credential Lookup System on their website, they do not
have lists of credentialed providers. In order to use the lookup
system you need to know the name or credential number of an individual provider."
Find a sex offender treatment provider / counselor--
The Health Professions Quality Assurance Customer Service Center has a booklet that contains a
list of credentialed sex offender treatment providers. To request a copy of the booklet, contact them directly at
(360) 236-4700 (press 6 to speak to a customer service representative) or email Customer Service at:
Sex Offender Treatment Provider Directory is a .pdf document
listing individual treatment providers.
NOTE: Sex offenders should request treatment information from the court that sentenced
them or from their probation officers.
Community Sexual Assault Programs in Washington State:
Information for Survivors, Family & Friends.
To assist the public in
understanding professional jargon used by sexual offender treatment
providers see the "
Glossary of Terms Used in the Management and Treatment of Sexual Offenders."
Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs web site offers additional resources for the public in
The Washington Sex Offender Information Center. Read about
the OffenderWatch® program or view an online presentation.
Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs: answers for frequently asked questions about sexual assault, working with
survivors, information and resources regarding child sexual abuse, intimate partner sexual violence, sexual assault program
management, and the WCSAP lending library.
Center for Sex Offender Management
(CSOM) is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that supports state and local jurisdictions in the effective
management of sex offenders. CSOM aims to provide those responsible for managing sex offenders with ready access to the most
current knowledge by synthesizing and disseminating research and effective practices to the field; and by offering specialized
training and technical assistance on a wide variety of issues related to sex offender management.
Their Victim Services Recommendation: If you need help or
support, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline
(1.800.656.HOPE) to be directed to the nearest rape crisis center.
Your call is anonymous and confidential. Or you may contact a
counselor using an online hotline.
The online hotline provides live, secure, anonymous crisis support
for victims of sexual assault, their friends, and families. Both
resources are free of charge and are available 24 hours per day, 7
days per week.