Mental health capital grants announced

December 1, 2015

Recognizing the continuing need for involuntary inpatient mental health services, the state Legislature funded $32 million in the 2015-2017 budget for capital grants to assist with construction or renovation for inpatient and crisis mental health services. WSHA advocated strongly for the funding for a capital pool. While many of the dollars were earmarked for specific projects, $5.5 million was placed into a competitive pool to be distributed to applicants through the state Department of Commerce. The number and amounts requested far exceeded the competitive pool amount. The Department received 15 applications requesting a total of more than $17 million. After the award announcement, grant recipients must agree to the terms of the funding and officially accept the award.

Last week, the department announced the following recipients:

  • Jefferson County Public Hospital District No.2 – Port Townsend, $1.509 million
  • Providence Mount Carmel Hospital – Colville, $2 million
  •  Rainier Springs, LLC – Vancouver, $5,000
  • Spokane Springs, LLC – Spokane Valley, $5,000
  • US HealthVest – Marysville, $10,000
  • US HealthVest – Olympia, $10,000
  • Walla Walla General Hospital – Walla Walla, $2 million

For existing hospitals, the capital grant award also comes with a Certificate of Need (CN) exemption through legislation WSHA supported last session. The CN exemption does not apply to the $5,000- $10,000 grant awards. If you have any questions, please contact Chelene Whiteaker at or (206) 216-2545. (Chelene Whiteaker)


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