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A new mental health treatment facility is pictured on Highway 20 in Sedro-Woolley.

Skagit County has contracted with Telecare to operate a new 16-bed mental health care facility in Sedro-Woolley.

Telecare, which operates the county’s existing mental health evaluation and treatment facility at the former Northern State Hospital, will continue to offer the same crisis mental health care when this new facility opens in early 2022.

While the project is mostly completed, pandemic-related issues with supply chains have delayed completion, likely until December, according to county Facilities Manager Ken Hansen.

Once open, the Sedro-Woolley center will provide acute, short-term mental health care, offering stabilization and connections to longer-term treatment.

Hansen said construction started about a year ago, and total project costs are estimated now at about $8 million, which is less than what was budgeted.

Telecare was the only health care provider to submit a bid to run the center in a timely manner, Hansen said at a public hearing Thursday, ahead of the vote by the Skagit County Board of Commissioners to accept the bid.

— Reporter Brandon Stone: bstone@skagitpublishing.com, 360-416-2112, Twitter: @Brandon_SVH

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