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Daybreak Youth Services has broadened its focus beyond inpatient and outpatient treatment for substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health issues to include the treatment of acute mental health conditions.

On Tuesday, November 21, 13 beds at Daybreak’s girls-only inpatient facility in Spokane were dedicated to Psychiatric Evaluation and Treatment (E&T), providing services for acute mental health conditions including suicide ideation, major depression, psychosis, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. E&T services may also cover detox management when mental health concerns are present. This expansion of services comes just a few weeks after Daybreak opened 12 Psychiatric E&T beds at its Brush Prairie facility (located near Vancouver, WA), which serves both genders.

“Kids across the state are struggling more than ever with a variety of acute mental health needs, but long wait times at hospitals and travel pose barriers to kids getting the help they need,” said Annette Klinefelter, Daybreak CEO. “Because of these Evaluation and Treatment beds, kids will be able to get the help they need to stabilize and move on to less restrictive treatment right here in their community.”

Whenever behavioral health services aren’t available locally, patients are placed in facilities outside of the region or often won’t receive treatment at all. Daybreak is working with school counselors and hospitals from the area to ensure this new resource is properly utilized.

Non-medical providers looking to admit a patient (12-18 years old) to E&T are asked to contact their local County Crisis Line. In Spokane County, that number is 509-838-4428.