The Crisis Support Clinic in Hoquiam is closing in December. A press release from Columbia Wellness this week explained that a low patient count affected staffing which then affected staffing levels. The company said that as they continue to look for ways to make the Crisis Support Unit at 615 8th Street in Hoquiam viable, staffing levels will drop below a safety threshold that will not allow them to provide crisis services beyond December 12th.
Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers added that the issue is a huge challenge for public safety services and continues to be a priority need in the Harbor, he is hopeful that other emergency services are in place soon after the closure.
On May 1st, 2016 Columbia Wellness expanded their long history of providing crisis support services to the residents of Grays Harbor County with the goal of increasing access to mental health crisis services. For the last three years Columbia Wellness has worked with community stakeholders to create a sustainable and practical resource that would supply a high level of care for those in need.
Columbia Wellness has provided crisis services to hundreds of people in Grays Harbor County. Despite serving hundreds of Grays Harbor County residents, the Crisis Support Unit does not serve the number of patients needed to sustain this service. Grays Harbor County officials, Great Rivers Behavioral Health Organization and Columbia Wellness have been planning and working on solutions to sustain the Crisis Support Unit.
The threat of sustainability has limited the capability of Columbia Wellness to hire and replace the staff accepting other employment. As we continue to look for ways to make the Crisis Support Unit viable, staffing levels will drop below a safety threshold that will not allow Columbia Wellness to continue to provide crisis services as of December 12th, 2019.
Great Rivers Behavioral Health Organization, Crisis Support Unit staff and Grays Harbor County officials have been notified of these sustainability issues and operational plans moving forward.