Navos’ New Behavioral Healthcare Center for Children, Youth and Families Opens

Date Posted: 09.22.2015

Local dignitaries, community members, and citizens will gather to celebrate the grand opening of Navos’ new Behavioral Healthcare Center for children, youth, families, and young adults on Lake Burien. The event will take place Thursday, September 24th 2015 from 10:00am to 12:00pm, with a short program at 10:45. Trudi Inslee, First Lady of Washington State will be the guest speaker. The new campus is located at 1033 SW 152nd St. Burien 98166.

Navos’ new Behavioral Healthcare Center for Children, Youth and Families integrates and expands services for vulnerable youth and families by bringing together programs provided by Navos and its legacy partner organizations—Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center and Seattle Children’s Home—in a compelling natural setting on Lake Burien. The new campus features a welcoming, camp-like atmosphere designed to reduce stigma and offer a unique array of programs that collectively address the continuum of complex needs of young children, school-aged youth, young adults and families in South King County. This is a safe, therapeutic environment where young children who have suffered abuse, neglect and other significant traumas, and youth with significant mental and emotional illness receive the treatment and support they need to heal.

CEO David Johnson said, “I am so grateful that with the completion of this Behavioral Healthcare Center, children, youth and families who are struggling with mental and behavioral health issues and other significant challenges have a safe and welcoming health care home, empowering them to develop stable and healthy lives.”

The 7.5-acre campus is remarkable for its lakeside pastoral setting, featuring sweeping views of Lake Burien and surrounds. This site has the feel of a secluded oasis and will provide a protected sanctuary for healing and hope. Navos worked with Mithun’s integrated design team of architects and landscape architect to craft a campus master plan, centered on the child, which connects buildings and landscape to enrich the Center’s engagement model of care. New buildings are interspersed with three native plant communities to create a layered, permeable buffer from lakeside to upland areas. Our thanks to Mithun and BNBuilders for their partnership in the design and construction of the new campus. Their collaborative approach to creating a truly client centered, trauma informed environment will help to induce and enhance recovery of vulnerable children and youth.

Richard Franko, AIA, Design Partner at Mithun added, “We were fortunate to start with an innovative vision from Navos, a beautiful lakefront site, and a newly co-located continuum of services to address the complex needs of children, youth and families. The campus design supports healing with a sequence of indoor and outdoor spaces that connect children and families to nature and to their community of care.”

Mark Ronish, BNBuilders Project Manager said “This project represented a great opportunity for BNBuilders to participate in an innovative and groundbreaking behavioral health facility. We are beyond excited to see these concepts in action. BNBuilders has had a great partnership with Navos. As we’ve learned more about their programs, we’ve been able to modify and strengthen our construction to suit their needs. We are very invested in their program’s future.”

The redeveloped campus includes:

  • Independence Bridge is a studio apartment housing complex for 24 young adults (aged 18-25) transitioning out of foster care who could benefit from a safe and respectful community of peers as they establish a strong foundation for their independent adult lives. Every year in Washington, approximately 35% of youth aging out of foster care end up on the street during the first year. Independence Bridge provides critical support during this transition through individualized support services and daylight-filled spaces for gathering and growth: a library, common laundry rooms, a two-story communal kitchen and living area.
  • The new Outpatient Building contains programs including individual and family therapy, drug and alcohol assessment and treatment, crisis intervention, support groups and behavioral support for youth with developmental disabilities, as well as a primary care clinic to ensure clients receive preventative and coordinated medical care. Lakeside views enhance the therapeutic setting, and a connected covered play area provides an alternate counseling setting.
  • Additional new campus elements include facilities for individual, group or family counseling; studios for art, dance and music; a classroom wing; administrative space; and outdoor recreation area. New landscape elements include enhanced lakeside and stream vegetated areas, native plant stream restoration, and newly buffered edges with the surrounding community.