MultiCare Health System has formalized an affiliation with Seattle-based mental health provider Navos.

A statement from Tacoma-based MultiCare announced the new partnership. Per MultiCare, the pact with the Seattle nonprofit creates the largest behavioral health provider in Washington state.

“We are so pleased to welcome Navos to the MultiCare family,” said Bill Robertson, President and CEO of MultiCare. “Our affiliation with Navos is an important step in MultiCare’s work to make behavioral health services more accessible to all members of our community and to help individuals achieve their full potential, providing the compassionate care and social support they deserve.”

According to the release, the two will begin working to integrate behavioral health services in setting where they already receive medical care, including primary care clinics, mobile outreach clinics, schools, offices and even the home.

 “This affiliation is a natural fit,” said David M. Johnson, CEO of Navos. “We are proud to be joining with MultiCare, a community partner that shares our dedication to serving vulnerable people who show valiant resiliency to overcome the challenges of serious psychiatric symptoms and substance abuse disorders. This partnership will allow us to strengthen and expand our services that help children, youth and adults of all ages to achieve their potential for wellness and recovery.”