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North Sound Mental Health Administration Selects Telecare Corporation to Provide Services at North Sound Evaluation and Treatment Center

Reopening of 16-Bed Acute Care Facility in Sedro-Woolley Will Support Adults Facing a Mental Health Crisis

ALAMEDA, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/11/15 -- The North Sound Mental Health Administration (NSMHA) has finalized contract details with Telecare Corporation, which was selected earlier this year to reopen and manage the North Sound Evaluation and Treatment Center, located at the North Cascades Gateway Center in Sedro-Woolley. The Center is scheduled to open on August 3, 2015, as a 16-bed short-term mental health care facility for adults experiencing a mental health crisis.

"We look forward to providing essential mental health services to the North Sound service area," said Linda Reese, Telecare's Vice President for Acute Operations. "Telecare has been providing services in the Northwest for many years and we welcome the opportunity to become a vital part of this community's network of mental health professionals."

Efforts to reopen the Center were initiated last year by Skagit County and NSMHA in response to a 2014 State of Washington Supreme Court ruling that deemed inappropriate the temporary boarding of psychiatric patients in hospital emergency rooms.

Telecare has already begun work with an architect and the State Department of Health to prepare the facility for reopening. It closed in 2010. A public open house and celebration will be announced soon.

"There has been a gap in our ability over the past several years to compassionately care for people experiencing a crisis," said Joe Valentine, Executive Director of the North Sound Mental Health Administration. "Reopening the Center will be of immeasurable help to individuals and their families. We are fortunate to have a progressive, innovative, and highly respected partner like Telecare to manage the Center and provide support to people experiencing a high level of distress."

The average length of stay for individuals, who must be over the age of 18, will be from five to seven days. During that time, individuals receive a comprehensive evaluation and risk assessment, professional and peer support, medication administration, and individual treatment plans. Services are provided in a structured way in a locked setting. Those with pending felony charges or sexually violent offenders will not be treated at the Center.

"The needs of individuals and families in a mental health crisis are immediate and complex so it has been devastating for families when told there isn't a bed available. Getting a loved one quickly and safely into care and treatment enhances the opportunities for recovery, and we in NAMI are thrilled to have the Center in our county open again," said Marti Wall, board of directors, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Skagit County.

Telecare is currently recruiting personnel for the Center, including licensed professionals, clinical and support staff. Anyone interested in learning more about career opportunities is encouraged to visit or to contact Chris Crosby, at 503-348-3767

About Telecare
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Telecare is based in Alameda, California and is a leading provider of innovative mental health services in the United States. Telecare works in partnership with health plans, hospitals, and county and state government agencies to design and provide recovery-focused services for high-risk individuals. Telecare is an employee- and family-owned organization with over 3,000 employees, serving more than 33,000 clients annually through more than 85 programs in California, Washington, Oregon, Nebraska, North Carolina, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

About North Sound Mental Health Administration
The North Sound Mental Health Administration (NSMHA) is a Regional Support Network (RSN) for Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties. Washington State contracts with 11 RSNs to administer community mental health programs. NSMHA was formed by an Interlocal Agreement between the five counties that define the geographic service area of the North Sound Region. NSMHA began operations on January 1, 1991.

Shea McGuier
Director of Communications
(510) 337-7952, ext. 1159

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