Providence Unveils New Clinic for Mental Health Intensive Day-Treatment Will Be Available for Patients after Leaving Hospital Care

By Campbell, Will | The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA), September 7, 2018 | Go to article overview

Providence Unveils New Clinic for Mental Health Intensive Day-Treatment Will Be Available for Patients after Leaving Hospital Care


Campbell, Will, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA)


Depression. Anxiety disorders. Suicidal thoughts.

Mental health issues have taken center stage in America with increased reports of depression, suicide rates, drug addictions and signs like mass shootings. It's common to hear some say mental-health care is an area in which the health care system falls short.

But Providence Health Care in Spokane is taking a step toward improving treatment.

Providence on Thursday unveiled a new clinic to serve patients with mental illness through a new intensive day-treatment program called RISE. The clinic had a ribbon cutting at the Providence Holy Family Hospital Medical Building, 235 E. Rowan Ave., where about 50 people toured the new facility.

"It's that missing gap in the community," said Jennifer Semenza, for Providence Health Care spokeswoman.

Patients as young as 13 will be admitted and see community rooms, counseling rooms, art therapy spaces and yoga rooms in the newly renovated space that's designed with a community atmosphere. The clinic, funded by $400,000 in grant money from Providence Health Care Foundation, is meant to address many issues, including being a next step after patients leave an emergency room after treatment for things such as panic attacks.

Patients will receive services that include counseling, training, yoga and meditation through RISE, which stands for Resources, Insight, Support and Empowerment.

"It's the only program like it east of the Cascades," said Tamara Sheehan, behavior health director at Providence Health Care.

Sheehan oversees 13 staff members, who are trained psychologists or licensed independent social workers. The clinic will be open during the day Monday through Friday.

The first patients will be adolescents ages 13 to 17, who will be accepted Sept. 17. Adults 18 and older will be accepted beginning Oct. 15. The clinic holds 10 adolescent spots and 15 adult spots.

Joyce Cameron, Providence Health Care Foundation chief development officer, is on the board that funded RISE. …

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