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A Walla Walla Hospital Receives Two Million Dollars from the State

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State awards $5.5 million to increase number of short-term psychiatric care beds State awards $5.5 million to increase number of short-term psychiatric care beds

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $5.539 million in grants to seven health care providers to develop additional facilities for short-term inpatient psychiatric detention services.

The state’s investment is supported with another $93.3 million from other funding sources.

The grant recipients are:

  • Walla Walla General Hospital – Walla Walla, $2.0 million
  • Jefferson County Public Hospital District No.2 – Port Townsend, $1.509 million
  • Providence Mount Carmel Hospital – Colville, $2.0 million
  • Rainier Springs, LLC – Vancouver, $5,000
  • Spokane Springs, LLC – Spokane Valley, $5,000
  • US HealthVest – Marysville, $10,000
  • US HealthVest – Olympia, $10,000

The funds are for construction and equipment costs associated with establishing facilities needed to accommodate increased psychiatric admissions as a result of changes to Washington State’s Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA) that took effect in 2012. Patients treated are individuals with a mental disorder who may be gravely disabled or pose a danger to themselves or others, and who refuse or are unable to enter treatment on their own.

The grants were awarded through a competitive process conducted by Commerce, the Washington State Department of Health and Department of Social and Health Services. The projects must maintain the beds or facility for the intended use for at least 10 years.

According to the release, the Thurston-Mason project is new construction, while the other projects will repurpose existing facilities. Mental health bed grants are for hospitals or other entities to establish new short-term detention services through the publicly funded mental health system such as:

  • Community hospital inpatient psychiatric beds
  • Free-standing evaluation and treatment facilities
  • Enhanced service facilities
  • Triage facilities
  • Crisis stabilization facilities with 16 or fewer beds
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