Navos To Celebrate New Mental Health Center With “Beam Signing” Tuesday

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Local non-profit Navos will hold a “beam signing ceremony” this Tuesday, Sept. 14th, at 10am at the site of its new mental health and wellness center currently under construction at SW 136th and Ambaum Blvd. in Burien.

The project includes a new 45,000 square foot building in which Navos will provide a range of recovery-oriented programs and services for low-income children and adults with serious and persistent mental illness.

The new mental health center will replace the organization’s current facilities in Burien which have been displaced by the third runway at Sea-Tac Airport. The land where the current campus sits has been zoned for use for airport related business – and the low-flying planes over the campus have made it challenging to provide effective mental heath services to Navos’ clients.

The cost of the project is projected to be just over $15 million dollars. Navos is raising funds from both public and private sources and plans to complete construction in 2012, when its current lease expires.

The new facility will allow Navos to expand its innovative programs and services so they may increase the number of low income children and adults served from communities across South King County. Navos will be among the first in the nation to include a primary care clinic, offering our clients, many of whom have neglected their physical health for many years and have multiple risk factors, to have a comprehensive health care home.

“We are so grateful to have received critical federal and private support toward the first stages of construction of our new mental health center” stated Dr. David M. Johnson, Navos’ CEO, “These funds will allow us to continue to provide treatment, practical support and hope to thousands of disadvantaged children and adults who work courageously to surmount the challenges of serious and persistent mental illness.”

Every year, Navos delivers critical services that dramatically improve the health and quality of life for 9,000 low-income, homeless and vulnerable children and adults with serious mental illness.  Through Navos’ range of services – including mental health treatment, primary medical care, job training and supportive housing, people with mental illness are helped to reach their greatest potential for self-sufficiency.

Navos is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1966 that offers a full spectrum of innovative mental health services to thousands of low income children and adults each year, from crisis intervention to inpatient care to highly specialized and recovery oriented outpatient services for individuals and families at every life stage.

For more information on Navos, check out their website here.

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