The main mental health facility in the city of Seattle, this publicly funded organization largely serves low-income residents (it accepts Medicaid coupons) with various mental health issues, including family counseling and substance abuse dependency, etc. Its 'campus' is a small compound of timbered buildings on Capitol Hill just north of Madison Market, as well as an 'annex' in Madison Valley. I guess it's not its fault that it is run so bureaucratically. Most of the mental health counselors, or therapists, are right out of school and do not stay longer than a year or two before moving on. Not much in the way of support groups, with government funding so limited. On 17th Avenue, on one side is a a distinguished looking, gabled maroon-and-buff colored halfway house. On the other, a mansion in a Greek Classical Revival architectural style, converted into a social/occupational rehabilitation facility. Two blocks east, at the intersection of Madison and 19th Ave. E., is the Capitol Hill Alano Club, with its beehive of 12-step groups for those recovering from drug, alcohol, and sexual dependency. Recently re-baptized 'Sound Mental Health.'
Founded in 1966, Sound Mental Health is a non-profit state licensed mental health provider, operating continuously since 1967. We now provide services to more than 19,000 children, men and women each year. These services range from short term support to complex, substance use disorders, family and
programs. Sound Mental Health’s diverse programs include: housing services; military and veteran’s programs; criminal justice and re-entry services; employment programs; substance use disorder treatment, developmentally disabled services; middle school support programs; grief and loss counseling; therapeutic and foster care services, individual, group and family counseling and much more.