About the New Clallam County Respite Center
Peninsula Behavioral Health is pleased to announce the opening of the Clallam County Respite Center in December of 2014. The need for a crisis stabilization program in Clallam County has grown considerably over the last few years due to the shortage of psychiatric hospital beds in Washington. Not only have residents had to be hospitalized as far away as Bellingham and Longview, but over 36% have had to be held for days at a time at OMC because available psychiatric beds could not be found. Providing local crisis care will reduce the cost of expensive inpatient treatment for many residents, as well as alleviate pressure on families, the OMC emergency room, Port Angeles and Sequim Police Departments and Clallam County Jail.
With funding support from the Clallam County 1/10th of 1% sales tax, Olympic Medical Center and the WA Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, the Respite Center will assist residents experiencing a psychiatric crisis. Located in the former St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store building, the Respite Center will provide intensive care on a voluntary basis to residents in an unlocked, neighborhood-based setting.
~Peter O. Casey, Executive Director