The first of its kind in Eastern Washington, the Center involved renovating an existing 1923 - 19,000-square-foot masonry shelled garage building to become a highly celebrated facility dedicated to preventing and reducing chronic recidivism and unnecessary involvement in the criminal justice and emergency medical systems.
Offering a full range of crisis stabilization, mental health, and substance use treatment services all at a single location, the facility features 16 mental health crisis stabilization beds, 14 withdrawal management beds, and 16 co-occurring residential treatment beds. When an individual is being transported by the police dept and is deemed to be in a mental health situation, they have the option to come to this facility rather than go into the jail system. Being evaluated at the facility will determine which area (pod) will be most beneficial for the individual’s healing. Each pod is designed to create a healing environment with comfortable space for private and community activities to include, dining, living, group/private therapy, exam, personal hygiene, and sleeping areas. The design incorporates Trauma Informed Design principles, placing safety for individuals and staff as top priority while creating a nurturing and healing environment providing privacy, daylight, and access to the outdoors.
The stabilization center provides necessary behavioral health treatment and subsequent transition to the continuum of reentry care for recommended behavioral health treatment, housing, employment, and case management services. "This facility is a new, much needed tool to break the cycle that can trap people in the criminal justice system," said Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward.