New detox facility opens for homeless population needing mental health and addiction services

Written by on November 1, 2017 in Local and National News - Comments Off

By King County Executive

A new detox facility, supported by $1 million in capital funds from King County will offer integrated treatment for mental health and substance-use disorder – including opioid addiction – that prioritizes bed space for people who are homeless. The new facility, Recovery Place Seattle at Beacon Hill, will begin accepting patients in early November.

Recovery Place Seattle will offer 33 detox beds and 40 intensive inpatient treatment beds. Residents who are at the city of Seattle’s Navigation Center, a 24-hour, dormitory-style facility for the homeless, will be a priority, but eventually referrals from local hospitals will be considered.

Recovery Place Seattle, which is operated by Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care, is the first detox facility in King County to offer treatment for co-concurring disorders. That will make it possible for the staff to better address the underlying cause of the client’s behavioral issue, whether it’s mental health or addiction.

“The partnerships we are creating will save lives and connect more people to the effective treatment they need to once again live a healthy, productive, meaningful life,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “We are doing more than providing additional beds. We are connecting entire systems so we can better confront challenges in mental health, addiction, and homelessness throughout our region.”

Roughly 30 full and part-time employees will be working at Recovery Place Seattle at Beacon Hill, providing detoxification, medication-assisted treatment, residential treatment, and recovery services for people who are homeless and people who earn a lower income who also face mental-health crisis, substance-use disorder and/or opioid addiction.

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