Spokane County allocates $300K for new mental health facility

May 6, 2022 3:37 PM

Posted: May 6, 2022 3:37 PM

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SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane County Board of Commissioners has allocated $300,000 to provide assistance to a new mental health facility.

The Northeast Community Center and MultiCare Behavioral Health are working together to establish a Behavioral Health Clinic in the former Hillyard Library facility. The clinic will serve local low to moderate-income youth and adults.

The project will provide better access to mental health services by providing an estimated 34,000 therapy visits per year, creating an estimated 40-50 new living-wage positions and improving educational outcomes for low-income kids through local access to behavioral health.

The funding comes from American Rescue Plan funds that were allotted to the county.

“Our goal in joining this partnership is to fund a project that will help reduce barriers for those seeking care,” said Commissioner Mary Kuney. “Even in the best of times, we have a need and a responsibility to provide mental health services to our community. We are excited that this facility will also offer educational opportunities for students to receive the practical experience necessary for their degrees.”

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