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News Release
Columbia River Mental Health Services to change services at Elahan Place - 07/21/21

The adult residential rehabilitation and treatment center for individuals who require intensive support to maintain in the community will change focus in the fall. 

 

For nearly 30 years, Columbia River Mental Health Services (CRMHS) has operated Elahan Place. Beginning as a purpose-built facility for permanent housing in the early ’90s in partnership with Clark County Department of Community Services, its most recent use as a 32-bed residential rehabilitation and treatment center will change focus this coming fall. 
 

While a critical service to the Clark County community, Elahan Place has a long history of challenging dynamics. One of the largest being the complexity of requiring highly trained and qualified staffing. Due to the demanding needs of the job and burnout, it is difficult to not only attract but retain staff as well. 

 

With the ability to care for 32 adults, the average population at Elahan Place for the last two years has been 17 clients. The low client number is not due to a lack of community need but rather relates back to the difficulty in staffing. The ratio must be proportional to keep both clients and staff safe in the facility. 

 

In July, the CRMHS Board of Directors decided not to continue the current scope of services at Elahan Place. Executive leadership has created a plan to safely discharge clients paying close attention to their individual needs. 

 

“Elahan Place has incredible potential and can be of greater value and use to the Clark County community under a different scope,” says Victor Jackson, CEO of CRMHS. “We have already begun conversations with local organizations to explore partnerships for Elahan Place, including operating it as transitional housing, a homeless shelter, or domestic violence facility with CRMHS providing behavioral health support services.”

 

CRMHS will continue to keep the community apprised of its next steps with Elahan Place. For questions or inquiries, you can reach out to Brittini Lasseigne, Chief Marketing and Development Officer, at rittinil@crmhs.org">brittinil@crmhs.org


 

About Columbia River Mental Health Services

Founded in 1942, Columbia River Mental Health Services is Clark County's oldest provider of behavioral health services. With a mission to provide behavioral health and recovery services that transform the lives of children, adults, and families in the communities of SW Washington, CRMHS serves over 5,000 people each year.

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