Vancouver could become the first metropolis in the state to see a new mental health evaluation and therapy facility meant to deal with sufferers in a more intimate setting closer to home. It’s a part of the state’s shift toward regional mental health therapy facilities and less reliance on Western State Hospital, a big psychiatric facility in Lakewood.
The agency is setting up a 48-bed behavioral health community that would provide 90- and 180-day stays under the Involuntary Therapy Act. The regulation permits individuals to be civilly committed to hospitals if a judge finds they pose a threat to themselves or others.
The campus would include either two or three secure, locked buildings split into three units with 16 beds apiece. Some compartments would be shared, while others would be private.
The buildings would also have areas for gatherings, laundry rooms, a kitchen, and an outdoor area encircled by a chain-link fence with anti-climb fabric, based on pre-application documents submitted to Vancouver.
The state is eyeing property adjacent to and controlled by Columbia River Mental Health Services in the Bagley Downs vicinity.
In theory, sufferers could transition to outpatient remedy at Columbia River Mental Health Services. Craig Pridemore, chief of Columbia River Mental Health Services, stated the facility would be ancillary to what his group does.