After several unanticipated delays, the North Coast Respite Center is getting ready to open in Warrenton this spring. Project Manager Marc Chinard, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has decades of experience in the behavioral health field, is busy working out the final details and developing programs and procedures for the new crisis respite center.
“The new director has been hired, and will be announced soon,” Chinard said. “The center will implement a ‘sanctuary’ model for those in a behavioral health crisis. We are looking forward to giving people a safe and caring place to reside during a crisis and helping them seek further treatment, as appropriate.”
“There is a huge need in the region for a center like this,” said Chief Jason Schermerhorn, Cannon Beach Police Department. “Trying to care for those with a behavioral health crisis can really tie up police and medical resources, which in turn can create other problems in the community.”
“I am so thankful for the concerted effort that has gone into creating the respite crisis center,” said Sheriff Tom Bergin, Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office.
The new 16-bed facility provides another link in the behavioral health support system being implemented throughout the Columbia Pacific CCO. It will work collaboratively with county mental health agencies: Columbia County Mental Health, Tillamook County Family Counseling Center, Clatsop Behavioral Health; and Greater Oregon Behavioral Health.
Columbia Pacific CCO already has helped start up three pain clinics in the region -- North Coast Pain Clinic in Warrenton, Ivy Avenue Wellness Center in Tillamook and Revitalize Wellness Center in Scappoose, as well as Bridges to Pathways, a nine-bed medical detox facility in St. Helens. Columbia County Mental Health also operates Pathways, a substance abuse treatment program in St. Helens.
Behavioral health services are a covered benefit for Columbia Pacific CCO members and area residents with Oregon Health Plan. Private insurance will be accepted as well.