The Washington Council advocates for and supports our members in strengthening communities and improving the lives of individuals and families impacted by mental illness and addictions.

Advocating for behavioral health
in Washington State

The Washington Council works to preserve essential community behavioral health services that promote recovery for our state's most vulnerable citizens.

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Advancing Behavioral Health in Washington State

The Washington Council works to preserve essential community behavioral health services that promote recovery for our state’s most vulnerable citizens

A world in which behavioral health is understood and effective care is universally available.

Washington Council for Behavioral Health is a trailblazer for behavioral health in Washington State—connecting providers to create a unified voice in state government, while forging a stronger future for healthcare and better overall care for people with mental illness and addictions.

Advocacy & action for mental health & addiction recovery


A strong, credible, and unified voice and source for statewide expertise in community mental health and addiction treatment.

Policy Analysis, Translation, and Education

Analysis of key issues, trends, and policies that impact community behavioral health.


Connecting behavioral health to total health through connections with state agencies, legislators, and our member agencies.

Spotlight News

New Journeys Network Kick-Off!

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The University of Washington’s Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy and Washington’s Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery spearheaded a kick-off event for two new demonstration sites to the New Journeys Network. New Journeys is the name for Washington’s transdisciplinary team-based approach to treating adolescents and young adults experiencing symptoms of first episode psychosis. The new pilot sites will be implemented at Valley Cities Behavioral Health Care (King County BHO) and Behavioral Health Resources (Thurston/Mason BHO). These new...
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Announcing Our New Name!

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Since 1977, the Washington Community Mental Health Council (WCMHC) was the statewide professional association for licensed community mental health agencies across Washington. After a lengthy strategic planning process, we are excited to share with everyone our new name—Washington Council for Behavioral Health! Last year, during the Washington Council’s October 2014 retreat, our Board of Directors had a candid discussion about the organization’s future. With the state’s Healthier Washington initiative underway and the current implementation of Governor Jay Inslee’s behavioral health...
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Discover Our New Behavioral Health Training Calendar

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The Washington Council for Behavioral Health has updated its training calendar to include a new user-friendly format. Stay current on the latest training opportunities in mental health and substance abuse recovery across Washington State! We encourage providers, state agencies, and consumer advocacy organizations to send us your training opportunities. To request that your training event be added to the calendar, please contact Alison Avery at and include the following information: Date Title Location Brief summary Contact information Copy of...
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The Council’s New Brand Explained

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Recent advances in medical research have shown that mental illness and addiction are, in fact, brain disorders that can include genetic or biological components. Therefore, much of what we talk about in behavioral health often relates to the brain. Our consulting firm, Slalom, used the concept of brain synapses to help create the image of our new brand mark.  The synapses represent connections, energy, and synchronicity—working in unison to promote effective care and recovery. The synapses’ upward movement symbolizes the...
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