Navos has locations in West Seattle, Burien, Queen Anne and Auburn. Our services include outpatient care for adults and children, an inpatient psychiatric hospital, employment services, care for people with chemical dependency and mental illness, domestic violence treatment for offenders and services for victims, services for older adults with mental illness, and supportive housing. Navos’ innovative programs include:Navos, Seattle Children's Home and Ruth Dykeman Children's Center are continuing to integrate and expand our programs. We are redeveloping our Lake Burien campus to create a Behavioral Healthcare Center for Children, Youth & Families. Our vision is a hub for programs for young children, school-aged youth, teens, young adults and families. The campus will be a safe and secure sanctuary where children and youth, many of whom have suffered abuse, neglect and other significant traumas, receive the treatment and support they need to heal. Design began last year, and the first phase of construction began fall of 2013 with Independence Bridge which will provide housing and support services to youth and young adults transitioning from foster care to independence. The new campus will be completed by the end of 2015.
Navos’ Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Program serves very young children, birth to age six, and their parents or caregivers. Most of the children have experienced, or are at risk of, abuse and neglect. Many families present with intergenerational histories of trauma, abuse and child welfare involvement. Almost all the families are living in poverty, and many are dealing with other challenges as well including mental illness, isolation, substance abuse, and domestic violence. Navos’ Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Program (IECMH) helps to strengthen families, break cycles of child abuse and neglect, prevent the long-term consequences of trauma, and help young children who have experienced trauma to heal.
Navos is among the first mental health centers nationally to offer clients a comprehensive “healthcare home” where they can receive primary care in addition to mental health treatment. By integrating care, we can improve prevention, early detection, and treatment of serious health issues, including chronic diseases. Our Mental Health and Wellness Center opened in 2012 and is currently serving clients.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Sherry is a parent and a grandparent, and worked for many years in administrative positions with large businesses. But for much of her life she also struggled with mental illness, thoughts of suicide, and chemical dependency. She has been in recovery for 15 years. Sherry came to Navos as a client, and then volunteered in Navos’ Employment Services where she developed the computer training program and taught basic computer classes for clients. She completed Navos’ Peer Employment Training program, became a State-Certified Peer Counselor, and now works at Navos as a Peer Support Specialist. She was recently named 2013 Employee of the Year by the Washington Community Mental Health Council.
Most of the people we serve have experienced severe trauma. Navos is implementing trauma-sensitive care throughout the agency. We are creating a healing environment and eliminating triggers that could retraumatize people in our care. A critical component will be the creation of two comfort rooms in our psychiatric hospital. The comfort rooms will be therapeutic spaces where the user can experience visual, auditory, olfactory and tactile stimuli. They will provide a sanctuary from stress, and will be used to teach individuals calming techniques to decrease agitation and aggressive behavior which they can use in the hospital and after being discharged. Comfort rooms will also help to reduce the use of restraints and seclusion. We hope to develop comfort rooms at all our treatment centers.