EVERETT, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today Compass Health celebrates an $18.7 million allocation of Washington state’s 2023-2024 capital budget as signed by Governor Jay Inslee. The non-profit community behavioral health provider will use this funding towards the construction of Phase II of its Broadway Campus Redevelopment, a state-of-the-art facility to meet the intensive mental health needs of Northwest Washington’s most vulnerable populations.
“We are so grateful to Washington state lawmakers for their ongoing commitment to and investment in this regional solution for behavioral health needs,” said Tom Sebastian, President & CEO of Compass Health. “State leaders’ support propels us just in front of the finish line to fully fund the Broadway Campus centerpiece – a sophisticated clinical facility designed from the ground up to specifically meet intensive mental health needs.”
In addition to state funding, Senator Maria Cantwell also recently included Compass Health’s Broadway Campus Redevelopment in her Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) request to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee. If funded, as part of the 2024 fiscal year spending bills, the project would receive a $3 million federal investment.
Building on strong momentum from public funding, Compass Health has entered the closing catalyst phase of its $14 million capital campaign, It’s Time: The Campaign for Compass Health. Through this extraordinary fundraising effort, Community catalysts are coalescing to raise the final $3.6 million – 5% of the project’s $64 million cost - to meet the campaign’s goal.
To date, the capital campaign has raised more than $10 million, including $3 million from the Sunderland Foundation, $2 million in Community Project Funding championed by U.S. Representative Rick Larsen, $1 million from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, $1 million from The Norcliffe Foundation, and $700,000 from Premera Blue Cross, along with more than 30 significant private gifts. Washington state and other public sources have also previously contributed a total of $21.5 million.
"We’re thrilled with momentum from the business community, philanthropists, and federal, state, and community leaders coming together to drive us across the finish line,” said Tom Kozaczynski, who leads the capital campaign as Compass Health’s chief advancement officer. “Collectively, we’re facing a critical opportunity to create new infrastructure that will allow us to keep pace with Northwest Washington’s needs for intensive mental health services – now and in the future. We’re grateful for every supporter who is investing in this journey alongside us.”
The facility – which is projected to open in 2025 as the second of a three-phase campus redevelopment – will house evidence-based treatment programs and services for individuals with acute mental health needs. Compass Health anticipates it will have the capacity to serve an estimated 1,500 individuals through more than 30,000 points of service each year. Importantly, individuals will be able to remain in the community during treatment, allowing for family visits, care coordination, and more seamless transition to other services when ready for less-intensive care.
To further alleviate demand on other local resources, such as hospitals, law enforcement, and community responders, the facility will house a 16-bed voluntary crisis triage center to offer short-term support for those experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The center will enable law enforcement drop-offs, allowing first responders to bring individuals in crisis directly to the center for immediate care. Treating mental health crises in the triage center is also more cost-effective and supports better outcomes than emergency department or inpatient hospital visits, which are not intended or equipped to address these needs.
Phase III of the campus redevelopment, still in the early design stages, is projected to focus on integrating behavioral health services with a primary healthcare clinic, in addition to supporting other services.
“We’re truly grateful to our Washington state leadership for committing to our regional project that will ensure access to a full continuum of care. We are pairing our century of experience with new, nationally recognized models of care that bring together highly skilled mental health professionals, primary care providers, peer counselors and others to treat the whole person,” said Sebastian. “Together we are making a positive impact on the lives of individuals throughout the communities we serve.”
To learn more about the It’s Time Capital Campaign, and to become a catalyst for community by contributing towards the final 5%, visit https://www.compasshealth.org/itstime/.
For more information about the entire Broadway Campus Redevelopment, visit www.compasshealth.org/broadwayredevelopment.
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