Everett, WA – Starting Tuesday, July 6, Dawson Place will open its new storefront location at 1509 California Street, Everett, Washington (corner of California and Hoyt Avenue). This newly renovated building will add capacity for child victims of sexual and physical abuse. An additional medical exam room and a second mental health room will provide shorter wait times for exams and greater access to counseling services.
“The new Dawson Place building will make access so much easier for our clients. Families will immediately know they are in the right place as the building will be easy to identify from the street. And inside, there will be additional child-friendly spaces to increase the number of children we’ll be able to serve,” says Mary Wahl, Dawson Place Executive Director.
This building was purchased through funds earmarked in the 2010 Washington State budget and a federal appropriation bill.
Dawson Place will stop providing services at its current location, 2722 Colby Avenue (Suite 200), in Everett on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 4:30 pm, and will provide interim services until our opening at our new site on July 6, 2010. Those needing services during this period can call the crisis line at 425-252-4800 or 911.
About Dawson Place Dawson Place cares for approximately 900 sexually and/or physically abused children from Snohomish County (birth to 18 years of age) at no charge. The purpose of Dawson Place is to coordinate timely, comprehensive, and multidisciplinary responses to child physical and sexual abuse within a safe, agency-neutral and child-focused setting. The services that are provided through Dawson Place include medical exams, community advocacy, preventative education, mental health assessments and counseling, child forensic interviews, child protective services, law enforcement investigations and also offender prosecution services. Agency partners co-located at Dawson Place include: Snohomish County Sheriff’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU), Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Special Assault Unit (SAU), Providence Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse, Compass Health’s Child Abuse Program (CAP), and Child Protective Services. # # #
Additional Information about Dawson Place:
· Governor Gregoire signed the Washington State budget for the next biennium (2010-2013) and $1 million of the budget was designated for Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center in Everett, Washington. We had received a $650,000.00 funding designation in the previous funding cycle.
· Senator Patty Murray initiated a $974,000 federal appropriation bill in 2010 for Dawson Place.
· Snohomish County Council signed a resolution to support Dawson Place obtaining this new building.
· For the last four years, Dawson Place, 2722 Colby Avenue, has been located in leased spaced donated by Snohomish County. The current county lease expired in December of this last year.
· Dawson Place has been an accredited Child Advocacy Center of Washington State serving all of Snohomish County since September 2007.
· Dawson Place receives funding from United Way, City of Everett, National Children’s Alliance and Child Advocacy Centers of Washington State.