Two of King County’s most prominent providers of mental health and addiction-treatment services ― Community Psychiatric Clinic and Sound ― have announced they are combining their operations.
The merged organizations will operate under the Sound name. The merger is slated to be finalized in early fall 2019.
The combined health care organization will include 18 locations that serve an estimated 26,000 people in the region, providing mental health services, addiction treatment, supportive housing, vocational services and more. The programs serve a range of individuals in the greater Seattle area, from low-income Medicaid-eligible individuals to patients with private insurance.
Mental health problems are a major issue among Seattle’s estimated 12,000 homeless individuals, a street population that ranks as the third-largest in the nation behind New York and Los Angeles, according to federal data. In a recent survey of King County’s homeless, 70 percent of respondents reported suffering from one or more health conditions ― with 44% reporting psychiatric or emotional disorders, 37% reporting post-traumatic distress disorder and 35% reporting drug or alcohol abuse.
Doug Crandall, chief executive officer of Community Psychiatric Clinic, says the merger of Community Psychiatric Clinic (established in 1953) and Sound (founded in 1966) will create “significant economies of scale and sustainability.”
“By serving more clients with a broader continuum of health care services, throughout a wider geographic reach, Sound will have a more sizable impact on community health,” Sound President and CEO Patrick Evans adds.