Seattle — Navos is a Puget Sound area non-profit whose mission is to transform the lives of people vulnerable to mental illness and substance abuse. They provide housing and support people need to get off the street, on to a path of recovery, and integrated into the community through a wide range of behavioral health services.

These include a 70-bed inpatient hospital serving people experiencing significant psychiatric crisis, outpatient services, and supportive housing for approximately 300 people.

Navos VP, Alice Braverman
Navos VP, Alice Braverman

“I don’t think people understand the connection between homelessness and mental illness,” says VP of Navos, Alice Braverman, “It’s significant.”

Navos uses integrated care to treat their clients. They have three locations and work with King County public health to make sure that their clients, some of whom have complex mental illness, substance abuse disorder, and primary care issues are treated as a whole person.

“Every aspect of their wellness is addressed in one place so that makes it very convenient, and it’s really a health care home for our clients.”

90% of the people Navos serves are at or below the poverty line. Many of them qualify for Medicare/Medicaid and Navos provides some charity care, which is the reason they raise funds though community events. If people need help, Navos encourages them to call to find out if their insurance qualifies for their services, and if it doesn’t, they will work with them to get the help they need.

Braverman says a huge barrier to making improvements in people’s lives is when they are in crisis, need help, and can’t find it.

“When you want to do it is when you should be able to do it, and that’s why we started this open access where you can get same day appointments, it’s just so critical.”

Event Information: Community Luncheon, Presenting Guest Speaker Ryan Leaf takes place on Thursday, May 17th at the Sheraton in Seattle (1400 Sixth Ave). The reception begins at 11:00 am, followed by the luncheon program at Noon.

Ryan is a former WSU Cougar and NFL Player who suffered from addiction. He is now committed to talking about his own recovery from mental health issues, substance use disorder, and pressures he felt he as a football player.

Navos 24-hour crisis hotline: 866-4-CRISIS

This segment is presented by Premera Blue Cross, in partnership with KING 5 Konnected

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