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Behavioral hospital in Smokey Point opens

 

Christopher Andersson

Local officials cut the ribbon to the Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital on July 13. From left, CEO of the new hospital Matt Crockett, CEO/president of US HealthVest Richard Kresch, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee, Chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes Board of Directors Marie Zackuse and Snohomish County Council member Nate Nehring.

The 70,000 square foot, 115 bed, Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital held its grand opening and ribbon cutting July 13.

The new mental health hospital will provide services for those dealing with drug addiction, depression or other mental problems, and will provide care

to youth, adults and seniors in the area.

"These comprehensive services will include free initial assessments, in-patient care, intensive outpatient services and referrals to community services," said Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring.

Opioid overdose and addiction problems continue to be a problem for the Marysville communities, and across the region and country, he said.

"It's truly an asset that this facility is offering much needed behavioral health and addiction treatment services," he said.

Other mental problems also take a large toll on health resources, he said.

In Washington state ,mood disorders, like depression or bi-polar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization for young adults age 18 to 44, and suicide is the second leading cause of death for adults age 18 to 34, Nehring said.

Despite the impact of mental health problems, the state of Washington is 47th in the country in psychiatric beds per capita. said Snohomish County Councilmember Nate Nehring.

"Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital is the only acute care psychiatric hospital in Snohomish County and it's the first specialized mental health hospital to be built here in 80 years," he said.

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee said the state needs more investment into mental health treatment.

"This facility fulfills an incredible need in the state of Washington," he said. "We have not had the capacity, or close to the capacity, to provide for the mental health of our citizens and this plugs an enormous gap in this community," he said.

He added that there are capital investments into mental health in this year's capital budget, but that plan has to get through the state legislature.

Inslee said the new Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital will improve lives for many in the area.

"Hundreds of Washingtonians are going to get better because of the Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital," he said.

Matt Crockett, CEO of Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital, said the new hospital will provide a number of treatments.

"The healing courtyards and other amenities support our specialized care for mental health and addiction services," he said.

There are specialized treatments for a number of different people.

"We will provide specialized programs for women, co-occuring disorders, psychiatric intensive care as well as extra-mile veteran care," he said.

Lourdes Alvarado-Ramos, director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, said there was about 100,000 veterans in the region, about 17 percent of the total veteran population for the state.

"We know that the need is here, for all Washingtonians and for veterans," she said.

Crockett said that there will also be "integrated healing services for Native Americans."

Christopher Andersson

Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring talks at the grand opening of the Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital on July 13.

Chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes Marie Zackuse thanked the hospital officials for their work with the tribes.

"Your staff has worked with ours and the Tulalip Tribes look forward to a strong and healthy relationship," she said.

"We wanted to make sure that the Tulalip Tribes and other Native Americans in this area will have access to the care they need," she said.

The new hospital is located in north Marysville, just south of Smokey Point, at 3955 156th St. NE, Marysville.

More information about the hospital is available at https://smokeypointbehavioralhospital.com.

 

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