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Director: Jennifer Johnson







Sedro-Woolley Behavioral Health Facilities

Background & History

In January 2014, the City of Sedro-Woolley, Port of Skagit, and Skagit County entered into a long-range vision for the North Cascades Gateway Center campus with the Port acting as the lead agency. In late December 2016, the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services and the Port reached an agreement to transfer this state-owned property to the Port, requiring the relocation of behavioral health facilities from the site.

The first facility to be relocated will be an Evaluation and Treatment (E&T) Center. The Telecare North Sound E&T located at 1803 North Sound Drive, Sedro-Woolley provides intensive mental health and psychiatric treatment services in a safe, welcoming environment for adults experiencing a mental health emergency. Skagit County has been working with the North Sound Behavioral Health Organization, Telecare, Pioneer Human Services and other regional partners to find a new location for the Evaluation and Treatment Center and other behavioral health facilities. This will allow for the continued provision of these critical healthcare services.

You can read more about the history of the North Cascades Gateway Center here.

Skagit County and the North Sound Behavioral Health Organization worked with consultants Denna Vandersloot and Slalom Consulting to help plan for the transition of Evaluation & Treatment services, as well as substance use disorder treatment services, from the North Cascades campus. For additional background information please review their reports:

Proposed Site

Skagit County owns a number of sites within the City of Sedro-Woolley. Based on a checklist of criteria for siting this project, Skagit County is considering application for permit for a Type One Essential Public Facility (EPF) to be located on an undeveloped property on the north side of WA-20 approximately halfway between Hodgin Street and Holtcamp Road in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. The proposed project consists of 3 parcels, P104178, P76502 and P76503, totaling approximately 8 acres, and is located in the northwest corner of Section 13, Township 35 North, Range 04 East. The project is for stabilization facilities and will include development of a 16-bed Evaluation and Treatment program and a 24-bed Secure Detox program, each in a separate stand-alone one-story building, with associated parking.

Skagit County is working with BCRA Design to envision and plan the proposed facilities. You can see a preliminary design here.   

Public Comment

The County will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 in Council Chambers at City Hall, 325 Metcalf Street, Sedro-Woolley, from 5:30-6:30 pm. This meeting is for the purpose of sharing information on project operations, responding to questions, and gathering community input.

Comments can also be emailed to or mailed to Skagit County Public Health, Attn: Kayla Schott-Bresler, 700 S. Second Street #301, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.

All comments on the project should be postmarked or emailed by August 31, 2019.