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Local hospital gets money to be part of study

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RICHLAND, Wash.—A local hospital has been selected to be part of a new study that will look at emergency psychiatric care.  Lourdes Counseling Center is one of three programs in Washington selected to be part of the Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric demonstration project done by DSHS.

The project will test whether Medicaid beneficiaries who need psychiatric emergency help get better care when the hospital gets more money.  Between the three testing hospitals, they'll get about $4.3-million annually in federal Medicaid matching funds for three years.  Lourdes was picked because it is in a rural location, and they have proposals for the project.

"They're general plan is to moderately increase their inpatient psychiatric hospital capacity and also bring online new community based resources," says Richard Wentworth, Special Projects Manager, DSHS.

Washington is one of ten states to get the funding for the project.  Before they get stated, they'll have a 60-day planning period hopefully in June.