Compass Health Announces $14 Million Capital Campaign to Renovate Broadway Campus

EVERETT, Washington.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Compass Health is building the future of behavioral health care in the region, and community members play an important role. Today, the non-profit goes public It is Time: The Compass Health Campaigna $14 million capital campaign to fund a state-of-the-art facility designed to meet the intensive mental health needs of Northwest Washington’s most vulnerable populations.

Compass Health’s first-ever capital campaign has already raised more than $10 million from lead donors, more than 70 percent of the campaign goal. To date, the organization has received $3 million from the Sunderland Foundation, $2 million in community project funding supported by US Representative Rick Larsen, $1 million from the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, $1 million from the Norcliffe Foundation and $600,000 from Premera Blue Cross, along with more than 30 significant personal gifts.

“The champions of this project are community members who care about addressing some of the most pressing needs facing our region,” said Tom Sebastian, president and CEO of Compass Health. “We are grateful for the support we have received from philanthropic organizations, legislators, business and community leaders, and dedicated neighbors who wholeheartedly believe in our mission and vision for the Broadway Campus Redevelopment Project.”

Tom Kozaczynski, who led the capital campaign as Compass Health’s chief advancement officer, said the facility’s purpose resonated deeply with community members because it represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the solution to addressing growing mental health needs in the region. The campaign focuses on taking action, advocating for:

  • It is time for construction the future of behavioral health with architecture, design and function that reflect the sophistication and clinical excellence of the world-class care provided here.
  • It is time for invest in solutions to the most visible and pressing needs of our region by preventing escalation of complex mental health conditions and diverting high frequency use of emergency services.
  • It is time for supports recovery, hope and dignity through an environment designed specifically to empower community members with intense behavioral health needs.
  • It is time for I create a magnet for mental health professionals with a workplace that attracts the team members needed to meet the growing demand for care in our region.
  • It is time for act regional with a modern campus which will benefit community members, first responders, healthcare partners and others in Northwest Washington.

“We appreciate every donor who has contributed to this campaign so far, as they have undoubtedly played an important role in getting us this far,” added Kozaczynski. “This is an ambitious project on every level, but through the continued support of individuals, businesses and foundations in our community, we are confident that we will reach our fundraising goal and provide this critical resource for the region.”

The facility — the second of a three-phase redevelopment of the campus — will feature evidence-based treatment programs and services for individuals with intense mental health needs. For example, a 16-bed involuntary assessment and treatment unit will allow providers to connect adults with behavioral health disorders to acute inpatient services with support available 24 hours a day. For adults with behavioral health disorders who require a lower intensity of care that focuses on long-term, ongoing contact and outreach, providers can engage patients in the outpatient program and available services, helping these individuals avoid emergency room stays or hospital stay.

To further ease the demand on local resources such as hospitals, law enforcement and community response services, the facility will house a 16-bed voluntary crisis triage center to offer short-term support to those experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The center will enable law enforcement dispatch, allowing first responders to take individuals in crisis directly to the center for immediate assistance. Treating mental health crises in a triage center is also more cost-effective and sustains better outcomes than emergency department visits or inpatient hospitals that are not designed or equipped to meet these needs.

“This facility will offer the compassionate, successful care delivery system our community needs to address the mental health challenges that weigh so heavily on us,” said Dr. Greg Jantz, founder of The Center – A Place of Hope and Associate of It is time. “In my eyes and in the eyes of many, Compass Health is the bridge of hope, and through this project they are only strengthening and expanding that bridge. This is such a timely and important project and my wife and I are proud to support it. I encourage everyone to learn more about the ways this facility will benefit our community and do what they can to help as the need for it grows every day.”

Overall, the facility is slated to be completed in early 2025 at a cost of $64 million. In addition to the $14 million the campaign is seeking to raise, Compass Health received a significant investment from the state of Washington, including $21 million in competitive and direct appropriations. Philanthropic and public funding sources will help Compass Health attract investment from the Federal New Markets Tax Credit Program, which will provide an additional $10 to $12 million, and the remaining balance of the project will be provided through private funding sources.

Compass Health expects the facility to have the capacity to serve approximately 1,500 individuals through more than 30,000 points of service each year. Importantly, people will be able to remain in the community during treatment, allowing for family visits, care coordination and a smoother transition to other services when they are ready for less intensive care.

“One of the most important aspects of Compass Health’s care delivery is our focus on providing treatment in the community,” said Stacey Allus, Chief Operating Officer of Compass Health. “This allows us to deliver help to clients where they are, and through this timely treatment, we can improve outcomes and the overall health of our communities. This new facility will allow residents to gain immediate access to care for their needs, offering alternatives to hospitalizations and ensuring that the necessary access and support is maintained for as long as they need it.

Leaders of the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, one of the campaign’s lead sponsors, said Compass Health’s ability to work together with clients and community partners is important.

“Our benefactor, Jack Murdoch, believed strongly in the importance of investing in resources that support people’s mental health,” said Pauline Fong, Program Director at the Murdock Trust. “Organizations like Compass Health are doing vital work in both creating resources and building partnerships with community organizations to provide comprehensive support to those in need.”

Compass Health’s Broadway Campus redevelopment project covers the entire 3300 block of Broadway in Everett and includes a wide range of behavioral health services. Its 81-unit permanent supportive housing complex, Andy’s Place, officially opened in May 2021 and is now fully leased.

“It’s exciting to be at a point where we can invite the community to be a part of this initiative that will not only transform a block in downtown Everett, but transform behavioral health care in Northwest Washington,” Sebastian added.

To learn more about It is time Capital campaign and to donate, visit https://www.compasshealth.org/itstime/. For more information on the comprehensive redevelopment of the Broadway campus, visit www.compasshealth.org/broadwayredevelopment.

About Compass Health

Compass Health is a leader in behavioral health care in Northwest Washington. A community-based health agency, Compass Health integrates behavioral health and medical services to form a key part of the community’s safety net and serve clients and others in need of care and support. From comprehensive mental health treatment to crisis prevention and intervention, supportive housing, children’s services, public education and more, the nonprofit organization serves people of all ages in Snohomish, Skagit, Island, San Juan and Whatcom counties.

Learn more: www.compasshealth.org

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