Behavioral Health Administration announces new leader for Maple Lane, Brockmann campuses
The campuses at Maple Lane in Thurston County and Brockmann in Clark County now have an executive officer responsible for leading, developing and managing operations.
Tony Bowie started this new role within the Behavioral Health Administration on July 16. These facilities will grow to serve more than 250 patients who will receive treatment closer to their home communities and will support Governor Jay Inslee’s vision of transforming behavioral health in Washington state.
Bowie has been with the Behavioral Health Administration since 2016, working in a variety of different leadership roles. Those roles included serving as the deputy CEO of the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island, then transitioning to CEO at the Child Study and Treatment Center. Bowie also served as the interim CEO at Eastern State Hospital for several months.
He is excited to take on his next leadership challenge.
“The fact that we get to build this culture … the fact we get to build what programming looks like and engage with our community members, so they understand the work we do, that is an exciting opportunity,” Bowie said.
The Maple Lane campus is in the midst of a host of changes, while the Brockmann Campus in Clark County is just beginning to take shape. DSHS received $41.3 million for renovations from the legislature to update and modernize several patient units throughout the Maple Lane Campus. Construction crews are currently working on renovations to Columbia Unit, which will add 30 beds for not guilty by reason of insanity patients. Other renovations in the coming years will add additional bed capacity.
The Brockmann Campus, outside of Vancouver, is set to open in 2025, when it will add another 48 beds.
Bowie recently visited Maple Lane for the first time in his new role, walking the campus with a wireless technology company’s employees and discussing security measures while deciding how many radios staff will need to communicate campus-wide once all renovations are complete. Bowie is envisioning a smooth transition. He hopes to foster a climate on both campuses where residents can easily acclimate themselves with staff while learning new skills and preparing for their eventual discharge to the community.
“We want to help patients understand who they are, to help them better work with people that live in the community, family members, community members and make them successful individuals in society,” Bowie said.
(By Cooper Dreon)