KENNEWICK, Wash. — What was formerly the Kennewick General Hospital has been purchased by Benton County to create a new recovery center with the goal of addressing the mental health and addiction crises in the Tri-Cities communities.
As announced by Benton County officials on Thursday, Nov. 10, the purchase of that building has been completed. Furthermore, the county has confirmed a leasing agreement for an additional facility that will focus on behavioral health issues.
For those wondering where the money is coming from, Benton County received more than $9 million in state and federal funding to secure the facility. An additional $5 million in funding will be put forth by the county through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
“It is still the County’s goal to have a ‘No Wrong Door’ facility for persons experiencing mental health or substance use crisis and acquiring both the KGH property and the leased space allowed us to best serve the needs of our community,” Benton County officials stated in an official release.
Based on the new timeline, Benton County officials aim to open the Recovery Center in a complete capacity by 2025. However, that doesn’t mean they won’t offer services before then. As soon as the facilities and network are in place to offer behavioral, mental health and action services, they will launch programs in a public capacity.
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