The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation will celebrate the opening of its 17th site, located in Bellevue, with an open-house and ribbon-cutting next week.
The foundation is a national nonprofit engaged in addiction education, prevention, treatment, and recovery. The open house is 3 to 5:30 p.m., May 2. Speakers and recognitions begin at 4 p.m., followed by the ribbon-cutting at about 4:30 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and online registration is required.
“Our newest outpatient clinic in Bellevue is now treating patients, and we are excited to mark the occasion with a grand-opening event,” said Heidi Wallace, executive director of Northwest Operations for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, in a prepared statement. “After eight months of preparations, we opened the doors on Monday and are ready to be a force of hope and healing for people throughout the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area.”
Mark Mishek, Hazelden Betty Ford’s president and CEO, will emcee the formal portion of the event. State and local public officials are also scheduled to attend. Speakers and attendees include:
- Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Board of Trustees Vice Chair Lester Munson
- David Anderson, director of Hazelden Betty Ford in Bellevue
- Bellevue Deputy Mayor Lynne Robinson and City Councilor Janice Zahn
- Washington state Sens. Patty Kuderer and Manka Dhingra, and state Rep. Amy Walen
- Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett
- Staff for Gov. Jay Inslee, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, and U.S. Rep. Adam Smith
- Michael Langer, acting assistant director, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Washington State Health Care Authority
- Chris Yadron, vice president of Hazelden Betty Ford’s West Region and administrator of the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
- Hazelden Betty Ford Chief Medical Officer Marvin D. Seppala, M.D.
“The community has been so welcoming, validating our decision to move into this thriving area,” Wallace said. “We look forward to supporting and collaborating with partners and stakeholders throughout health care, business, social services and government.”
The outpatient center will be part of the Overlake Medical Pavilion, located at 1231 116th Ave NE, next door to Overlake Hospital.
The new site will provide a “full range” of outpatient services for adults struggling with substance abuse, and will also include Teen Intervene, a program that includes a comprehensive assessment and individual therapy for adolescents ages 13-17.
The facility’s offerings include daily group-therapy sessions, opioid-specific support programs, individual counseling, mental health services, a DUI deferred prosecution program, prescriptions for patients engaged in medication-assisted treatment, and a variety of ongoing recovery support options, according to a press release from the foundation.