Name changes planned at Maple Lane and Steilacoom RTFs

A photo of the residential treatment center at Maple Lane, with a sign that is branded with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, its logo and a new one-story building with trees in the background.
The Maple Lane Residential Treatment Facility in Rochester is operated by DSHS’ Behavioral Health Administration, and will undergo some name changes.

There continues to be a flurry of activity at the Maple Lane campus in Rochester as DSHS’ Behavioral Health Administration expands its rapidly growing network of residential treatment facilities.

BHA will open the third Maple Lane unit, Columbia, later this month. BHA is also updating how units on the Maple Lane campus are identified.

Moving forward, the full name for each Maple Lane unit will follow this format:

DSHS Behavioral Health & Treatment Center — Maple Lane Campus — (#) Unit

This will apply to Oak, Cascade, and Columbia, as well as other units as they come online. BHA will also use this naming structure with the Brockmann Campus in Clark County when it comes online in 2025.

Currently on the Maple Lane campus:

Oak Unit provides treatment to residents involuntarily committed by a civil action.

Cascade Unit provides competency restoration treatment to residents.
Columbia Unit will serve people in need of inpatient psychiatric care who have been found not guilty by reason of insanity and who have made substantial progress in their treatment.
Standardizing and simplifying unit names will help everyone across DSHS when talking to staff as well as outside stakeholders.

BHA is also updating the name of the competency restoration center located on the Western State Hospital campus. Moving forward, this facility will be named:

DSHS Behavioral Health & Treatment Center — Steilacoom Unit (formerly Building 27/Fort Steilacoom)

The title “formerly Building 27/Fort Steilacoom” will be used during a transition period and will be phased out later this year. This facility is identified as Building 27 on licenses and other formal documents, so this added language will help acclimate stakeholders to the new name.

DSHS, along with many other state agencies, is using an equitable lens in the services it provides. The goal is to provide an environment at every facility where residents feel welcome and safe in pursuing their treatment plans.

Because of its historical connotations, the name “Fort Steilacoom” has the potential to make Native American residents feel uncomfortable and unsafe. For that reason, the word “Fort” is being removed from the name moving forward.

BHA is updating external-facing websites to reflect these changes in the next few weeks. External signage will also be changed over time.