Dementia care in Tacoma gets boost from $500,000 state grant

A recent outlay of grants in Washington state is set to boost availability of dementia care in Tacoma.

The state Department of Commerce on Jan. 9 announced awarding more than $12 million in grants to add behavioral health care facilities statewide, supporting a total of 150 new beds and outpatient services.

Among the 10 recipients, Cascade Park Gardens of Tacoma received $500,000 for 33 beds to offer specialized dementia care.

“This is new funding for capital improvements associated with our specialized memory care program that is serving seniors with diagnosis associated with both memory loss and behavioral health conditions,” Chad Solvie, executive director for Cascade Park Communities, told The News Tribune via email after the grants were announced.

“This funding will allow us to expand this program from one neighborhood on our campus to eventually three neighborhoods on the campus.”

It is the second notable boost in as many months for the care community. In December, Tacoma Housing Authority and Cascade Park Communities announced a partnership to help make available 145 affordable assisted-living units.

In Olympia, two sites received grant funding from Commerce: Behavioral Health Resources received $498,963 for outpatient services serving children and youth, and Supreme Capital Holding LLC received $2 million for 15 beds offering enhanced services.

The grants were awarded through a competitive process run by Commerce, the Department of Health, Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and the Health Care Authority.

According to Commerce, the funds may be used for construction and equipment costs associated with establishing the sites, and “the projects must maintain the facility for the intended use for at least 15 years.”

“The state’s $12.4 million in awards will leverage an additional $10.1 million in total construction investment from other public and private sources,” according to Commerce.