EVERETT, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Just in time to help address the difficult mental health landscape in Snohomish County that has recently increased due to the strain of the pandemic, Compass Health will begin demolition of an outdated, repurposed building in 2022 to make way for a modern and efficient clinical and operational space that could easily be mistaken for a modern medical research center.
Phase II of the organization’s Broadway Campus Redevelopment represents not only the ongoing transformation of Everett’s downtown core, but a transformative shift in the recognition that evidence-based behavioral healthcare is central to the well-being of local communities.
“We’re proud to be creating a state-of-the-art environment that reflects the sophisticated care that our teams provide, and the dignity that clients deserve,” said Tom Sebastian, President and CEO of Compass Health. “It will enable our behavioral health professionals to keep community members engaged in treatment, prevent crises from escalating, and help stabilize clients’ well-being so they can stay on track to achieve their goals for housing, employment, contributions to their communities and overall recovery.”
With 72,000 square feet of space, Phase II will be purpose-built to provide the intensive behavioral health services that address community members’ most complex and visible needs. Additionally, its scale and configuration will keep pace with expanding needs and growth in area communities.
The facility will house intensive services that include a 16-bed inpatient evaluation and treatment center, a 16-bed crisis triage center, intensive outpatient behavioral healthcare services, and offices for crisis prevention, outreach and community engagement teams. Through these programs, the facility will help attract and retain clients who require care, serving an estimated 1,500 individuals through more than 30,000 points of service each year.
As part of the community safety net, these services alleviate demand on other local resources, including hospitals, law enforcement and community responders, and help clients avoid jail and emergency department or inpatient stays. The state-of-the-art facility also aligns efforts to transform the aesthetic of Everett’s core, elevating the surrounding area for neighbors and local businesses.
Leaders anticipate the facility will also help strengthen the ability for Compass Health to recruit and retain the highest quality, most talented clinicians and support staff, employing 130 behavioral health and medical professionals long-term.
The project has received considerable philanthropic support, including a recent $1 million grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust in 2021 for design and construction. Capital funding from the State of Washington includes $14 million in legislative appropriation and $7 million from the Department of Commerce. Additionally, U.S. Representative Rick Larsen has recommended $2 million in federal funding for Phase II as part of the Fiscal Year 2022 spending bills that are awaiting full congressional approval.
“This project is the largest and most comprehensive initiative in Compass Health’s history,” said Tom Kozaczynski, Chief Advancement Officer of Compass Health. “Support from the community has and will continue to be instrumental in making it a reality and in turn, providing care to thousands of clients and addressing high-priority needs throughout Northwest Washington.”
The facility’s new 16-bed inpatient evaluation and treatment unit (E&T) will allow Compass Health to serve an additional 250 clients annually in the most acute setting outside of a psychiatric hospital. This will amount to more than 5,000 days of total care where clients can remain in their community – an approach that facilitates family visits, seamless care coordination, and efficient transition to after-care.
Through the 16-bed crisis triage center, Compass Health’s 24-hour crisis prevention, response, outreach, and engagement teams will help those experiencing a behavioral health crisis to access services and supports and move toward stability, offering short-term crisis intervention and prevention services utilizing strength-based, solution-focused, culturally competent, trauma-informed, and recovery-oriented interventions.
The new facility will house a variety of different programs, including the Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT), a wraparound, evidence-based intensive outpatient treatment program designed to assist adults with severe and persistent behavioral health disorders; and Adult Intensive Outpatient Services Program (IOP), serving individuals with severe and persistent behavioral health disorders whose needs are better met with more frequent contact and outreach.
It will also include the Expanded Community Support (ECS) program, which provides enhanced services to support adults and older adults who require placement in adult family homes or skilled nursing facilities, but who have difficulty maintaining their placement due to significant mental health needs.
With design and permitting currently underway, the facility is targeting completion in 2024.
The development team for Phase II of the Broadway Campus Redevelopment project includes Lotus Development Partners (Development and Construction Manager); Ankrom Moisan Architects (Project Architect); KPFF (Structural Engineer); Harmsen (Civil Engineer); Bush Roed Hitchings (Surveyor); Sider + Byers (Mechanical and Electrical Engineer); SiteWorkshop (Landscape Design); RDH (Envelope Consultant); RWDI (LEED Consultant); and BNBuilders (Preconstruction Services).
Compass Health’s Broadway Campus encompasses the entire 3300 block of Broadway in Everett and accommodates a broad range of behavioral healthcare services. Its Phase I permanent supportive housing facility, Andy’s Place, officially opened in May of 2021, and has nearly reached capacity.
Phase III of the campus redevelopment will focus on integrating behavioral health services with a primary healthcare clinic and pharmacy, in addition to supporting other services accessible to thousands of community members throughout Snohomish County and beyond.
“Overall, this three-phase project embraces our goal of enabling people to receive advanced care in the communities that they live in, helping to alleviate the pressure on law enforcement and community responders and ease the burden on local hospitals and homeless services,” said Sebastian. “We’re grateful for all those who continue to support our vision to provide exceptional behavioral healthcare services for community.”
About Compass Health
Compass Health is Northwest Washington’s behavioral healthcare leader. A community-based healthcare agency, Compass Health integrates behavioral health and medical care services to form a key section of the community safety net and serve clients and others in need of care and support. From comprehensive mental health treatment to crisis prevention and intervention, supportive housing, children’s services, community education and much more, the non-profit organization serves people of all ages throughout Snohomish, Skagit, Island, San Juan, and Whatcom counties.
Learn more: www.compasshealth.org