University of Washington Medicine (UW Medicine) announced the permanent closure of its psychiatric facility, with lay-offs of 23 staff members effective in mid-July. The announcement follows the temporary closing of the facility on UW Medicine’s Montlake campus in May and furloughed staff as part of an effort to address a $500 million shortfall due to costs and revenue losses associated with the pandemic.
UW Medicine is working to find employment opportunities within their system for those staff members. The closure will reduce the overall number of beds available to individuals in need of psychiatric care amid a growing mental health crisis. Individual populations served at the facility include UW students and high risk pregnant women who need psychiatric care.
UW Medicine mission is to improve the health of the public through its nearly 30,000 clinical professionals. The network of health care providers, researchers, faculty, and staff includes: Airlift Northwest, Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center – Northwest, UW Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, and Valley Medical Center.
This was reported by KUOW.org on June 24, 2020.