Mental health provider opening treatment homes in Poulsbo, Silverdale

Lena Weib

A mental health care provider is moving toward opening two new residential treatment facilities in Poulsbo and Silverdale in April.

AMFM Healthcare, which operates similar mental health treatment facilities in California and Virginia, plans to launch two Kitsap residential homes – both with eight beds: one off Newberry Hill Road and the other near Poulsbo’s College Marketplace development, anchored by Walmart.

Adult clients enter the homes voluntarily, and the average length of stay is around 45 days, said Angeelena May, executive director of AMFM Healthcare Washington. All patients must have a mental health diagnosis, such as schizophrenia, anxiety or depression, but most also have a substance use diagnosis, she said. The large homes sit on sizeable, private acreages, with space for outdoor activities and treatment.

“We find that in a smaller milieu setting, the clients are able to really build up a community with each other and can support each other through their recovery,” May said. “Some organizations will do larger units or campus-like settings, and that can be less intensive. Really understanding when we have smaller groups and smaller clinical groups, people really build trust with each other, are able to open up, staff is consistent, so it’s a smaller treatment team that the clients are working with individually. They’ll really be able to do some intensive work in a short amount of time.”

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