August 21, 2019

Increasing Behavioral Health Care to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

The Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) has closed financing that will advance integrated behavioral health in northwest Washington State, a region deeply affected by the opioid crisis.

PCDC’s $1.5 million pre-development financing is fundamental to a large project that will transform Compass Health’s Everett location — a $120 million project with backing from the city government.

The financing will support development of an 82,800-square-foot behavioral health, substance use treatment, and supportive housing facility, serving a county where heroin overdose mortality rates are more than double the national average.

“The vision and scale of Compass Health’s Broadway Campus Redevelopment will enable us to address the complex issues of behavioral health and homelessness at a regional level and to meaningfully expand our capacity to serve the most vulnerable members of our community,” said Tom Sebastian, Compass Health CEO. “We appreciate PCDC’s enthusiasm for financing this transformative project — the organization’s support is instrumental to its success.”

In addition to an on-site pharmacy and 40 additional substance use treatment staff, the new center will include three 16-bed care units. The first will serve patients in crisis referred by law enforcement personnel, enabling care delivery in an appropriate setting while keeping patients off the streets and out of jail. The second unit will admit patients in distress and unable to be accommodated at the overcrowded state psychiatric hospital, and the third will treat patients with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

Compass Health has a 115-year history of providing high-quality care to the residents of northwest Washington. Across 25 locations and five counties, Compass Health offers affordable access to primary and behavioral health services, permanent and short-term supportive housing, homeless outreach and housing support, and pediatric mental health counseling.

“Compass Health is heavily invested in providing dignified and affordable behavioral health care to an often-overlooked population,” said Anne Dyjak, Managing Director of Capital Investment at PCDC. “We are pleased that this project will allow expansion of these crucial services.”