Cowlitz Tribal Health Clinic

Representative Adam Smith submitted the following Community Project Funding request for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe.

$1 million was successfully included in the House Committee on Appropriations Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 appropriations bill.

Each Representative may request funding for up to 15 projects in their community for fiscal year 2023. This does not guarantee the projects will be funded.

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“Representative Adam Smith is fighting to improve the standard of care for treatment of addiction by including the Cowlitz Tribal Health Seattle Clinic project as one of his Community Project Funding requests,” said Cowlitz Tribal Chairperson Patty Kinswa-Gaiser.  “The Cowlitz Tribal Health Seattle Clinic in Tukwila provides the gold standard in addiction medicine services for anyone seeking help to overcome addiction to opioids, including fentanyl and the other illicit substances ravaging our communities.  The Cowlitz Clinic also provides effective, culturally appropriate mental health, domestic violence and sexual assault services and case management care to American Indian and Alaska Native citizens in the Puget Sound region.  The funding proposed by Representative Smith will allow the Tribe to connect two adjacent buildings to create an integrated health care campus with access to transit services, to better serve those in need of the Clinic’s services.  We are extremely grateful for Representative Smith’s support.”

“The Cowlitz Tribal Health Clinic provides quality, culturally appropriate health care services to American Indian and Alaska Native citizens in the Puget Sound region, helping combat behavioral health and substance use challenges facing the community. The funding I requested will allow the Cowlitz Indian Tribe to build on this important work by connecting two adjacent buildings of the clinic to create an integrated health care campus to better serve those in need,” said Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash). “Importantly, the new health care campus will go a long way to address some of the health disparities faced by American Indian and Alaska Natives in King County.”

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The Cowlitz Tribe will use the requested funding to connect two adjacent buildings to support the Cowlitz Tribal Health Seattle Clinic’s (CTHS or Clinic) interdependent programming, expand its services, and create an integrated health care campus. This will help to further close the gap on the many unmet health and human services needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) and others in living in the King County area.
 
The Clinic provides services for substance use disorders, mental health and co-occurring disorders, and sexual assault and domestic violence, medically-assisted treatment, and pharmacy services. CTHS patients are also provided transportation support, case management, peer counseling and on-site child care. This project will allow CTHS to provide expanded services and quality care to Washington residents with mental health and addiction issues, in one integrated health care campus.

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