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Get to know Navos, our new behavioral health partner

Posted on Jun. 19, 2017 ( comments)
Navos Lake Burien Campus for Children and Youth

The affiliation between MultiCare and Navos became official last month. As a welcome to our new partner, we’re profiling some of their programs and services.

Navos is one of the largest community mental health and substance use disorder treatment providers in Washington, offering a full spectrum of mental health, substance use disorder and physical care programs and services to more than 8,000 children, youth and adults every year.

“We really provide the full continuum of care,” says Megan Kelly, LICSW, Chief Clinical Officer of Navos. “This includes services that address the social determinants of health — housing, vocational programs, dental, integrated health. We have full care, including basic needs.”

Navos’s list of programs and services is vast, but here are a couple unique offerings.

Infant and early childhood mental health program

Navos’s youngest client? Five weeks old. How is this possible?

Navos’s infant and early childhood mental health program is geared for infants and young children up to age 6. Services are provided to families with children who have a history of abuse or neglect, or who are at imminent risk for being abused or neglected.

“Most families are referred to the program because they are at risk of losing their children to foster placements or alternative family caregivers,” Kelly says.

Most of the families served live at or near the poverty line in South Seattle and South King County. The program provides intensive services to caregivers and children, including parent-child therapy, parent education and case management.

Services are trauma-informed, tailored to the needs and strengths of each family, and address factors that contribute to abuse/neglect including parental history of abuse, domestic violence and mental illness.

Licensed therapists skilled in working with families with young children use an approach that is culturally sensitive to parenting styles and beliefs. The program helps caregivers and their children form secure attachments that will eliminate abuse/neglect and support the children’s healthy development and school readiness.

Families are often referred to this program by Child Protective Services.

“It’s about their parents’ mental health, but the primary role of the program is to work around issues of attachment,” Kelly says. “Infant mental health is a program that works to solidify a caregiver’s relationship with their child, and most of the work is done in the family’s home.”

Supportive employment

Navos has operated its Employment Services program since 1986. In 1999, Navos opened a café to provide clients with job training, work experience and employment opportunities. The catering program began in 2005.

The catering program continues to grow, and now caters in-house and outside events, both large and small, and provides food service operations for youth in Navos’s residential treatment programs in Burien and for adults in Navos’s supported housing programs in West Seattle and Burien.

The café and catering service is 95 percent staffed by clients who generally work part time, doing jobs in all areas, such as cooking, running the registers, serving customers, cleaning or delivering catered meals.

Some of these clients even live on campus in supported housing, Kelly says, and become integrated into the daily lives of Navos staff.

“It’s not unusual for me to get to work in the morning when the doors are still locked and there are a couple clients waiting to come in,” she says. “They’ll sometimes walk the halls, come in and wait for the café to open, take a seat in the café. They’ll wait for certain staff members they really like.

“We walk our talk,” Kelly says. “We firmly believe in recovery. Recovery means you’re integrated in your community.”

Learn more

For more information, visit or contact Navos Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm at 206-248-8226.

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