As expected, Olympia’s Providence St. Peter Hospital and Fairfax Behavioral Health of Everett ended June by filing a joint application to the state seeking a Certificate of Need to open a new 85-bed psychiatric hospital in Thurston County.

The extensive paperwork went to State Department of Health officials, who must weigh this application with another filed earlier by U.S. HealthVest, a private, for-profit behavioral healthcare provider based in Chicago.

If approved, the new joint venture called Olympia Behavioral Health LLC would open in early 2018, according to a news release, and would serve both voluntary and involuntary patients ages five and older. Two potential sites in Lacey have been identified for the estimated 55,000 gross share-feet facility.

Providence and Fairfax have already partnered in similar programs in Snohomish and Spokane counties.

You can read more about both mental health proposals in an article from the July issue of South Sound BIZ magazine, available at this link.