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Need: Anacortes, of Washington State, has limited access to mental healthcare services. In addition, psychiatric or behavioral health services were sparse for students in the Anacortes School District.
Intervention: Island Hospital opened a Psychiatry & Behavioral Health Clinic that serves patients on their campus and created a program to provide services at schools located in the Anacortes School District.
Results: Over 3,000 mental health and social work appointments have been facilitated at Anacortes's public schools. Thousands more appointments have been provided at the clinic to meet the mental health needs of the community.