Kirkland, WA (April 14, 2020) – Fairfax Behavioral Health has launched its new Telehealth service, enabling virtual visits for patients to participate remotely in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). Telehealth allows patients to receive high-quality assessments and care from a clinician, from the comfort of their home. Fairfax utilizes a user-friendly, HIPAA-compliant video platform that fosters connectivity and supports patient and clinician interaction, including assessment, advice, education, intervention, monitoring, and remote admissions. Accessible using a phone, tablet or computer, Telehealth connects patients and clinicians over electronic means, with video just as they would in-person.

“In our time of crisis, it is even more important our community has access to behavioral health services. Fairfax Behavioral Health is fully operational and serving the needs of our community at our Kirkland, Everett, and Monroe locations,” said Ron Escarda, CEO, Fairfax Behavioral Health. “Not only are we fully operational, we have quickly pivoted to transition our outpatient programs to a completely remote telehealth platform and use the physical space as a tutoring center for our employees with childcare needs,” continued Mr. Escarda. “I can’t thank my staff enough for their hard work, innovation and determination to keep our community safe and healthy both physically and mentally. I want anyone who is suffering with a mental health issue to know they are not alone, services are still available and you do not have to go to an emergency room to get help,” said Mr. Escarda.


Fairfax’s Outpatient Programs provide comprehensive mental health treatment designed to assist patients in developing a plan for physical, mental, and spiritual recovery. Our multidisciplinary teams take a collaborative approach to help ensure that each patient receives the individualized treatment they need.

The Partial Hospitalization Program provides treatment for people struggling with depression, anxiety, bi-polar, PTSD and other mood disorders. Patients participate in group therapy for five hours a day, five days per week and is offered in the daytime.
The Intensive Outpatient Program is designed for patients who need more intensive treatment than traditional individual therapy and is offered three days a week from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

For information about scheduling appointments, or to make a referral, please contact our Outpatient Intake Department at 425-284-8280 or visit www.fairfaxbehavioralhealth.com.

If you are in crisis, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Line 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 800-273-8255.

You could also get help by texting “HEAL” to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

If you’re under 21, you can call Teen Link at 866-TEENLINK (866-833-6546) and ask to talk to a peer.

About Fairfax Behavioral Health & Leadership During Covid-19
Since 1930, Fairfax Behavioral Health has served the behavioral health needs of the Greater Puget Sound region, providing compassionate, patient-centered care for teens, adults and older adults. We are taking proactive steps to keep our patients and team members safe, including screening all individuals upon entering the facility. We are actively monitoring and responding to all recommendations made by the CDC and our local regulatory and health authorities. In an effort to reduce the likelihood of community spread, all in-person visitation has been suspended (with limited critical exceptions). We strongly encourage the use of electronic methods to stay connected with loved ones including telemedicine, zoom, and extended phone time. We have increased the frequency of the required cleaning and sanitization of our facility, including intake rooms, surfaces and common areas.

Ron Escarda returned as the interim CEO in January 2020 following the departure of former CEO, Beckie Shauinger. Mr. Escarda originally served as CEO for 19 years before he left to focus on his other responsibilities as a UHS Group Director. Ron has been a pivotal leader in Washington State behavioral health and is honored to be back leading the organization. “My commitment to Fairfax, our patients and valued referral sources and the community’s mental health continuum of care has only been heightened by the current crisis we are all challenged with.” Visit www.fairfaxbehavioralhealth.com to learn more.