Planned Opioid Clinic in Sequim
The S’Kallam Tribe has nearly completed purchase of 19.5 acres of land for development of an opioid treatment center in Sequim, Washington. Per the Sequim Gazette, the acquisition will enable the tribe to join the Olympic Medical Center and Jefferson Healthcare hospital in plans to complete both a medically-assisted treatment center and inpatient facility by mid-2022. Funding for the project (now expected to cost $20 million) was approved by the Washington legislature during the 2019 session, and construction will begin in spring of 2020. Between the two connected facilities, S’Kallam Health Services Director Brent Simcosky expects to treat nearly 700 future patients. He says that even the treatment of 300 or 400 people will still thoroughly impact the larger community, as those treated will in turn influence their families and friends. The planned construction and future treatment remain ongoing as the S’Kallam tribe, Olympic Medical Center, and Jefferson Healthcare determine both funding options and timetables.