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July 14, 2020

State is moving mental health care to the residential model; 2 projects on tap

Journal Construction Editor

Photo from DSHS planning document [enlarge]
The state wants to have more residential-inspired mental health treatment facilities like this one run by Telecare in Federal Way.

A year ago, the state of Washington decided to change the way it handles behavioral health — favoring localized, smaller psychiatric venues over large institutional hospitals like Western State in Lakewood and Eastern State in Medical Lake.

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