Navos provides mental health programs and support services to low income people in King County. Their services focus on recovery and wellness, and on the strengths of individuals with mental illness. Navos merged with Ruth Dykeman Children's Center and Seattle Children's Home.
Navos’ Early Childhood Mental Health Program helps to break cycles of abuse and neglect; the program helps young children and their parents/caregivers to develop secure and nurturing attachments, trains adults on how to best care for and promote the healthy development of their children, and provides early intervention for children with emotional and mental health issues. Older youth who have been removed from their family or foster home because of abuse, neglect or unsafe or violent behavior receive intensive residential treatment at our Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center campus. Seattle Children's Home provides a secure residential treatment program for adolescents with serious behavioral and mental health issues from across the state.
Use of Best Practices
While, their work is guided by the belief that recovery is possible, Navos is a regional leader in employing nationally recognized evidence-based best practices. They are at the forefront of a national movement to transform mental health care from a top-down treatment approach to a revolutionary model based on a true partnership with mental health consumers. Those receiving services at Navos are supported by professionals and peers who understand that downward spirals can be interrupted and reversed at any age; that trauma and loneliness are important components of mental health and substance use conditions; and that creating community is as important to building resilience and achieving recovery as therapy and medication. The people they serve draw upon their own strengths and resilience, and with Navos’ support, they work to recover from the challenges of their psychiatric symptoms.
With a primary care clinic located on-site at Navos Mental Health and Wellness Center in Burien, Navos serves as a national model for providing people with mental illness with a health care home where they can receive primary health care, mental health treatment, health education, chemical dependency services, and a range of other services that support each individual’s recovery. Navos is also recognized by its peers as a leader in implementing Trauma-Informed care; an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives.
Navos’ services are supported through a mix of public and private funding which helps Navos to provide a broad range of services to people in challenging circumstances. State and county reimbursements have decreased, affecting their ability to provide programs and services to their most vulnerable clients. At the same time, they are being asked by public entities to expand their services to make up for publicly-funded programs that have been cut back or eliminated. Private funding is needed to supplement public dollars for mental health care.
Navos and its partners are currently creating a Behavioral Care Center for Children, Youth and Families on Lake Burien (the current site of Ruth Dykeman Children's Center). The new center will offer a comprehensive range of services for children, youth and families in a sanctuary like environment. Seattle Children's Home will relocate it programs to the new center in late 2014, when the main facilities are completed.
As the lead agency for the Navos Consortium, Navos provides critical administrative and technical services for 18 other mental health providers and family services agencies throughout King County. This allows these smaller agencies to provide mental health services to more than 3,000 low-income children and adults each year. The 11,000 people helped every year by Navos and its Consortium partners represent one-fifth of all people, and about one-half of all youth, seen in King County’s publicly-funded mental health system.
Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:
Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:
$10,000.00||support the Proud Out and Wonderful Program. - YGB 2014|
$20,000.00||provide general operating support.|
$20,000.00||provide general operating support.|
$30,000.00||support general operating expenses. |
$50,000.00||support construction of the Child & Family area in Navos Mental Health and Wellness Center. |
$35,000.00||support general operating expenses.|
$60,000.00||support construction of the Burien Heights Residences and general operating expenses.|
$20,000.00||support renovation and the purchase of equipment for a commercial kitchen and cafe.|