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Department of Commerce awards $39 million to increase facilities for behavioral health care statewide


July 19, 2018

The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $39 million in grants to 18 health care providers across Washington, adding needed spaces to help people with a wide variety of behavioral health issues. These grant funds will help create 341 additional beds, including providing safe places for people to stay upon discharge from the state’s two psychiatric hospitals.

The grants align with Gov. Jay Inslee’s five-year plan announced in May to modernize and transform the state’s mental health care systems by shifting away from large institutions to smaller, community-based facilities.

”This funding builds on actions that the Legislature and I have taken over the past several years to transform behavioral health,” Gov. Inslee said. “It will address a fundamental need to grow capacity for care in community settings, where patients can be closer to families, friends and support systems.”

The grants were awarded through a competitive process conducted by Commerce, the Department of Health, the Department of Social and Health Services, and the Washington State Health Care Authority. The state’s funds are for construction and equipment costs associated with establishing the additional facilities, and the projects must maintain them for at least 10 years. The state’s $39 million investment will leverage another $46 million in total construction investment from other public and private sources.

The grant recipients and award amounts are:

Community Providers to Increase Behavioral Health Facilities and Capacity for Children and Minor Youth

  • Comprehensive Mental Health of Tacoma Pierce County – Tacoma – $1,950,000 – nine beds
  • Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation – Tacoma – $793,185 – five beds
  • Clallam County Juvenile and Family Services –Port Angeles – $1,108,902 – three beds
  • Excelsior Youth Center – Spokane – $1,950,000 – 16 beds

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