by Comprehensive Staff
March 27, 2019 - Yakima, WA – Comprehensive Healthcare is hosting an Open House on April 16, 2019 at 5:30-7p.m. in their new evaluation and treatment center located at 609 Speyers Rd in Selah. This new facility serves adults with mental health disorders experiencing an acute mental health crisis. Similar to Comprehensive Healthcare’s Bridges facility, the evaluation and treatment center in Selah will be a resource for emergency psychiatric services. It will officially open its doors to clients on April 22.
The facility in Selah will bring 35 new jobs to the area. These new positions include care providers such as nurses, therapists, counselors, direct care staff and case managers. The treatment process is individualized for each client and admission can be voluntary or involuntary. Clients receive a psychiatric evaluation within 24 hours of admission and discharge planning also starts on day one. The average stay is seven to ten days and includes individual or group therapy, family and support therapy, medication management and recreation and art activities. Comprehensive Healthcare will refer clients for appropriate continued care after discharge, and monitors them to ensure a positive transition.
“The population our facility will be serving is one that often falls through the cracks. They find themselves in the emergency room or they are taken into custody, when really they need inpatient psychiatric care,” says Comprehensive Health Vice President Timothy Shields, Ph.D. An evaluation and treatment center is a secure facility, designed to help people experiencing a mental health crisis recover and begin a sustainable treatment program.
Development for the project was initiated when Washington State legislators approached Comprehensive Healthcare about a state-wide shortage of inpatient facilities providing psychiatric treatment services. Comprehensive Healthcare’s current evaluation and treatment facility experiences an overflow of clients on a regular basis. This project was started to alleviate the shortage of facilities, increase access to psychiatric services and to help maintain a continuum of care.
“The State of Washington continues to struggle with access to community based mental health services combined with an increase in the suicide rate,” said Jodi Daly, Ph.D., Comprehensive Healthcare Chief Executive Officer. “Comprehensive Healthcare hopes to impact individuals, families and communities by developing access to quality, evidence-based programs that move individuals and families toward recovery.”
Behavioral health care often requires a long-term care plan. According to Daly, when clients begin treatment but then leave the Comprehensive Healthcare network their care plan is disrupted, delaying progress for the client and increasing risk for crisis to reoccur. “This is really about helping our clients,” said Daly. “The new evaluation and treatment center helps us develop capacity so that we can address overflow and maintain clients within our coordinated safety net.”
Priority placement is given to clients residing in Yakima, Klickitat, Kittitas, Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla Counties, but it is anticipated that clients from other parts of the state will be received as well.