A Belltown residential treatment facility shutters, leaving a hole in King County’s mental health system

The El Rey, a 60-bed residential treatment facility in Seattle for people with serious mental illness, closed in late August due to long-running maintenance concerns, according to operator Sound Health. (Amanda Snyder / The Seattle Times)

The El Rey, a 60-bed residential treatment facility for people with serious mental illness, closed in August due to long-running building maintenance concerns. The loss of the Belltown facility is a serious blow to King County's safety net for people exiting the region's psychiatric hospitals.

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