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MultiCare and Navos affiliation official today

Posted on May. 2, 2017 ( comments)
Navos Mental Health and Wellness Center Burien Campus

MultiCare Health System, based in Tacoma, and Navos, based in Seattle, today announced that the affiliation between both organizations is official.

Together, the two organizations will create a stronger system of behavioral health services focused on healing and treating the whole person to meet their physical behavioral needs. This affiliation creates the largest behavioral health provider in Washington state.

“We are so pleased to welcome Navos to the MultiCare family,” said Bill Robertson, President and CEO of MultiCare. “Our affiliation with Navos is an important step in MultiCare’s work to make behavioral health services more accessible to all members of our community and to help individuals achieve their full potential, providing the compassionate care and social support they deserve.”

Together, MultiCare and Navos will offer individuals more options for getting the care they need in Puget Sound communities and across the continuum of behavioral health care. MultiCare and Navos will work to integrate behavioral health and social services in settings where people already receive medical services, including primary care clinics, mobile outreach clinics, schools, offices and the home, which will help to address the region and state’s pressing need for behavioral health services.

“This affiliation is a natural fit,” said David M. Johnson, CEO of Navos. “We are proud to be joining with MultiCare, a community partner that shares our dedication to serving vulnerable people who show valiant resiliency to overcome the challenges of serious psychiatric symptoms and substance abuse disorders. This partnership will allow us to strengthen and expand our services that help children, youth and adults of all ages to achieve their potential for wellness and recovery.”

Behavioral health and substance abuse issues affect people of all ages and all walks of life. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), nearly one in four adults and one in five children face behavioral health challenges each year.

People of all ages with untreated behavioral health disorders are at high risk for many unhealthy and unsafe behaviors, and earlier mortality than the general population. MultiCare and Navos are striving to improve earlier diagnosis and earlier referral to the most appropriate treatment options, by offering integrated physical, behavioral and social services.

Current patients of both organizations will see little change and will continue to receive excellent care from the providers they know and trust in the same locations they visit now. Navos employees will remain Navos employees, and the Navos name and brand will be retained.

About MultiCare Health System

MultiCare Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization with more than 11,000 employees and a comprehensive network including numerous primary care, specialty and urgent care clinics, community outreach services, MultiCare Medical Associates, affiliated physicians as well as five hospitals including Allenmore Hospital, Auburn Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, Tacoma General Hospital.

MultiCare Behavioral Health has been serving Pierce and South King counties for more than 40 years. The largest behavioral health provider in Pierce County, MultiCare Behavioral Health reaches more than 20,000 individuals annually through comprehensive inpatient and community services.

About Navos

Navos is one of the largest non-profit community mental health providers in Washington State. With a focus on wellness and recovery, we are proud to provide programs and services to all ages with a comprehensive continuum of care that includes both inpatient and outpatient programs, substance use disorder treatment, physical care, supported housing, and employment services, among other evidence-based programs and services. We believe that diversity, inclusion and equity are vital to living our values and achieving our mission.

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