Whatcom counseling merges with larger, Everett-based organization


Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic has completed its merger with Compass Health, a larger provider of mental health and chemical dependency services based in Everett.

Both sides announced the deal in April, saying they expected the merger to go into effect July 1.

Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic's roughly 120 full- and part-time workers have become employees of Compass Health.

The merger brings the number of Compass staff to about 650 full- and part-time employees, according to a Compass news release.

Tom Sebastian, president and CEO of Compass Health, will continue to lead the new organization. It will have a combined budget of about $50 million.

Compass has added two members of Whatcom Counseling's board of directors to its board as a condition of the merger.

Founded in 1957, Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic provided mental health and addiction services.

Compass Health provides mental health and chemical dependency services in Island, San Juan, Skagit and Snohomish counties.

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