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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Mark Freedman, Regional Support Network Administrator, 360-786-5585

Groundbreaking Set for Mental Health Center

OLYMPIA – Special ceremonies next week will mark the start of construction for a Mental Health Evaluation and Treatment Facility in Thurston County.  The facility is to be located at 3436 Mary Elder Road NE, off of Martin Way in Olympia. 

The 21,000 square foot center will be used for voluntary and involuntary psychiatric inpatient care for eligible mentally ill individuals, according to Thurston/Mason Regional Support Network Administrator Mark Freedman.  "This facility also includes a triage center to allow provision of crisis services and stabilization for eligible individuals who are in an acute episode of their mental illness.  We feel this is an important addition to the continuum of mental health services offered in Thurston and Mason Counties for mental health clients."  Freedman says construction of the center comes after much community input and support.  "The process so far has come about because of a great deal of cooperation between Thurston County Public Health and Social Services, Thurston County Commissioners, local mental health agencies across the county, the law enforcement community, consumers and their families and many others.  The fruition of this process is a wonderful example of the kind of collaborative effort that folks in our community often provide."

Upon completion, the center will provide 15 beds for inpatient unit and 10 beds in the triage portion of the facility.  Current plans call for the center to open late this year.

Groundbreaking Ceremony- Thurston County Mental Health Evaluation and Treatment Center, 3436 Mary Elder Road NE, Olympia.  (Off of Martin Way)   The ceremony takes place at 4 PM on Monday, April 19th 2004.

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3