[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Daybreak Youth Services is excited to announce it has received more than $125,000 in funds from Molina Healthcare of Washington and Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW) to cover start-up operational costs for its new Psychiatric Evaluation and Treatment (E&T) unit in Brush Prairie. 

Daybreak, a 501c3 nonprofit, addressed a significant service gap for youth in crisis in Southwest Washington with the opening of its 12-bed Psychiatric E&T unit at the RWC Center for Adolescent Recovery (11910 NE 154th St., Brush Prairie, WA). The service aims to improve access for teens in crisis while also providing a more cost-effective setting by diverting from higher-cost inpatient facilities.

The combination of Psychiatric E&T services with Daybreak’s existing Substance Use Disorder treatment programming is unique in Washington state and promises to further improve service, quality and cost by enabling more timely transitions of patients to the most appropriate care setting.

From Left to right: Victoria Evans, director of Healthcare Services Behavioral Health Integration (Molina); Julie Lindberg, VP Health Care Services (Molina); Annette Klinefelter, CEO of Daybreak Youth Services; Connie Mom-Chhing, Director, Fully Integrated Managed Care (CHPW); Abie Castillo, VP Provider Services and Network Development (CHPW); Keith Brown, CHPW Chief Medical Officer.

“We are thrilled to invest in this innovative solution that will improve service and access to our members in Southwest Washington, and provide a much-needed option to transition members out of inpatient facilities,” said Peter Adler, president of Molina Healthcare of Washington. “The Daybreak facility gets us one step closer to whole person care, reducing costs while also improving member care.”

“Providing care services in a setting that is appropriate to the member’s needs is integral to patient-centered whole person care, and the Daybreak facility does just that,” said Leanne Berge, CEO of Community Health Plan of Washington. “We are very pleased to be able to contribute to a solution that addresses such a critical need for our youth members in Southwest Washington.”

“Kids across the state are struggling more than ever with a variety of acute mental health needs, but a lack of Psychiatric Evaluation and Treatment services for adolescents has made it tougher for those in need to get the help,” said Annette Klinefelter, Daybreak CEO. “Thanks to this collaborative investment by Molina Healthcare and Community Health Plan of Washington, kids in crisis from can come to Daybreak for stabilization and transition into a continuum of care closer to home.”

Molina and CHPW serve Medicaid beneficiaries in Southwest Washington’s Apple Health integrated managed care program.

About Daybreak Youth Services

As an innovative leader in youth substance use disorder and mental health treatment since 1978, Daybreak Youth Services helps families who are struggling with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and mental health issues. Daybreak offers outpatient counseling to teens in Spokane, Vancouver and Brush Prairie, WA. For teens with more acute support needs, Daybreak offers residential inpatient SUD and Psychiatric Evaluation & Treatment services in Brush Prairie (all genders identities/expressions) and Spokane (female and female-identifying only). These facilities provide safe and secure environments where adolescents ages 12-18 can commit to their recovery while engaging in school and recreation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]