Nationally recognized mental health treatment provider Rogers Behavioral Health opens first Washington location in Seattle area

Posted on 03/29/21 03:32:pm Rogers Behavioral Health in Seattle

SEATTLE, WA (March 29, 2021) — Rogers Behavioral Health, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit mental health treatment providers, has opened a new Seattle-area location for specialized outpatient care. Located in Bellevue, Rogers’ first Washington location offers OCD and anxiety treatment for children, adolescents and adults, as well as depression recovery for adolescents and adults.

Treatment is currently provided virtually through Rogers Connect Care, which has served more than 6,500 patients since it was launched in 2020 as part of Rogers’ response to keeping patients and employees safe during the pandemic. In-person services are planned to begin in the coming months at the clinic’s location at 1215 114th Ave. SE.

“Seattle has an incredible community of mental health professionals, but sometimes people need a little more than one or two hours a week of treatment,” said Paul Mueller, system chief operating officer and hospital division CEO. “Rogers has a long history of serving people from Seattle in our Wisconsin-based residential programs, and we are honored to now bring our specialized outpatient care to the local community, especially during these trying times.”

Approximately one in five Americans experiences mental illness each year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In addition:

  • Nearly 31 percent of adults will have an anxiety disorder within their lifetime (source: NIMH).
  • An estimated 3.5 million adults and children are affected by OCD, which is considered one of the top 10 leading causes of disability (source: International OCD Foundation).
  • More than 41,000 deaths in the U.S. are a result of suicide (source: NIMH).

To help meet the need, Rogers – which provides specialty behavioral healthcare treatment in nine states – is on a mission to increase access to care throughout the country.

The demand is particularly great in Washington, which ranks 46th out of 51 states in access to mental healthcare, according to Mental Health America’s 2020 report.

“Our multidisciplinary team at the Seattle location works closely with patients and families to develop a personalized plan with clinically effective therapies,” said clinic director Stacy Shaw Welch, PhD. “We have many effective mental health interventions based in decades of scientific research. We are very dedicated to evidence-based treatments at Rogers, and we look forward to helping our patients reach their full potential for health and well-being.”

Dr. Welch is a clinical psychologist and serves on the faculty of the University of Washington. Prior to joining Rogers, she co-founded the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle, which included some of the first intensive outpatient programs for children and adolescents with OCD and anxiety in the region. She has trained many residents and doctoral students, been active in research, and supervises the clinical team at Rogers.

In addition to Welch, Rogers’ Seattle clinical team consists of psychiatrist Jenna Bowen, MD. Dr. Bowen completed fellowship training at the University of Washington Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Welch and Dr. Bowen are available for interviews with the press when news events warrant comment about mental health issues.

Treatment at Rogers Behavioral Health

With some of the most comprehensive programs for OCD, anxiety and depression treatment in the country, Rogers treats more patients daily for OCD than any other behavioral health provider. Its Focus Depression Recovery programs offer clinically effective treatment of depression, bipolar disorder and other mood disorders.

With admissions occurring within hours, patients at Rogers receive direct access to board-certified psychiatrists and specialized treatment from a multidisciplinary team of mental health experts. Together they work with children and families to provide necessary medications and compassionate care.

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