Bellingham, Everett mental health clinics merge

Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic merged with Everett-based Compass Health, effective July 1.

The Whatcom County-based clinic’s 120 employees will become Compass Health employees, increasing the staff size to approximately 650 full-time and part-time employees.

The new organization will provide mental health and chemical dependency services to Snohomish, Skagit, Island, San Juan, and Whatcom County residents.

“Compass Health has been able to adapt our model to the various communities that we serve,” said Tom Sebastian, president and CEO of Compass Health, in a press release.

Sebastian will continue to lead the nonprofit organization. Dave Kleiber, board president of Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic, joined the Compass Health board of directors.

After the merger, the organization has a budget of about $50 million for the fiscal year starting July 1.

“We feel strongly that this merger of like organizations will result in better care for our clients, greater career opportunities for our employees, and continued financial stability for the new organization,” Sebastian said in the release.

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