On July 19, the Washington State Department of Commerce awarded $39 million in grant money to 18 behavioral healthcare providers across the state. The grants are made available through a competitive process conducted by the Department of Commerce, the Department of Health, the Department of Social and Health Services, and the Washington State Health Care Authority.

Between the 18 organizations, the money will help create 341 additional beds, which will help support more people with diverse and complex behavioral health needs. The funds are to be allocated to construction and equipment costs and are meant to last for at least 10 years.

The grants align with Governor Jay Inslee’s five-year plan to shift away from large institutions and toward community-based behavioral healthcare.

“This funding builds on actions that the Legislature and I have taken over the past several years to transform behavioral health,” Gov. Inslee said in a statement. “It will address a fundamental need to grow capacity for care in community settings, where patients can be closer to families, friends and support systems.”

Among local organizations that will be supported by the grants are Sound in Auburn, which will have 16 new beds; Compass Health in Everett, which will have 16 new beds; and Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation in Tacoma, which will have five new beds.

It is estimated that the $39 million investment by the state will incite another $46 million in investments from public and private sources.