The Department of Social and Health Services is seeking public input by Aug. 28 on a proposed 48-bed secure behavioral health facility in Vancouver.
It’s part of the state’s shift toward opening smaller mental health treatment centers in the communities where people are already familiar and supported, and away from reliance on Western State Hospital — a large psychiatric facility in Lakewood.
The state is eyeing property adjacent to and owned by Columbia River Mental Health Services at 6926 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., in the Bagley Downs neighborhood. The facility would provide 90- and 180-day stays under the Involuntary Treatment Act, which allows people to be civilly committed to hospitals or treatment settings if a judge finds they pose a threat to themselves or others.
More information on the project can be found online at dshs.wa.gov/bha/division-state-hospitals/community-based-treatment, where people can submit comments and sign up for email notifications. Feedback can also be submitted by emailing Larry Covey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Later in July, the agency will hold a community meeting to share information about the project, the agency said in a news release Wednesday.