A brand new mental health hospital in Lacey was given the go-ahead by the Washington state Department of Public Health.

US HealthVest was awarded the “certificate of need” to get a 75-bed behavioral wellness center to be set in an old office building in Lacey’s Woodland District.  

Chief Executive Officer Richard A. Kresch, M.D, says the facility is going to be an in- and – out-patient treatment center with a mean stay of around seven to eight times.  

Kresch states the hospital will specialize in treatment for Detox, psychiatric wants, and behavioral solutions. He thinks the center will be open in late 2018.  

“I think everyone knows that mental health is an issue that needs to be dealt with,” explained Andy Ryder, Mayor of Lacey. Ryder says the neighborhood is in dire need of a mental health hospital. “We now see the need in our displaced population and a lot of communities are now asking what do we do”

Providence Health and Services has fought against the new hospital by enticing the Department of Health’s conclusion. Providence says it has concerns that the new facility won’t satisfy the requirements of underserved patients locally.  

US HealthVest also owns and manages the Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital in Marysville.

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