Parkside rooms

Dr. Julie Rickard shows one of the patient rooms on Sept. 29, 2018. Rickard was the director at Parkside, but is no longer with the company. The facility is designed to be suicide safe. 

WENATCHEE — A mental health crisis center lauded by Gov. Jay Inslee as a statewide model for providing mental health care laid off 10 of its medical staff last week.

The layoffs are due to financial problems at Parkside and a need to better balance mental health services and medical care, Parkside Administrator Ashley Broussard said Friday. The changes in Parkside's crisis center will increase efficiency, improve client care and reduce the rate of mental relapse, Broussard said. Some of those employees who were laid off have also taken positions elsewhere in the company. 

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