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.


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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.

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

2020 WA Behavioral Healthcare Conference Update

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The Council has made the very difficult decision to cancel the June 2020 Washington Behavioral Healthcare Conference (WBHC).  While the conference is a ways out, and we hope that the public health risk will have passed and group restrictions will have been lifted by then, there is so much uncertainty and related anxiety attached to the COVID-19 virus that we feel this is the best course of action. Our top priority is our community’s health and safety, and as healthcare...
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BH Providers Connect Listserv

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BH Providers Connect is a listserv where Washington’s community of behavioral health providers, including licensed behavioral health agencies, suboxone providers, clubhouses, peer run organizations, community-based recovery support providers, Recovery Helpline staff, prevention providers, behavioral health researchers, and other agencies providing behavioral health interventions can communicate with each other as we all work through the COVID-19 crisis in our state. To learn more and sign up, click here! BH Providers Connect is made possible by funding from DBHR and the Health...
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Project 2A: Bidirectional Integration Training & Support Package

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In recent months, the Washington Council for Behavioral Health has been working with the UW AIMS Center to develop more in-depth content expertise related to integrating primary care into behavioral health settings.  As a result of that collaboration, we are happy to announce the development of a Training & TA package that could be built into Project 2A Bidirectional Integration project proposals that are submitted via the Accountable Communities of Health under the Medicaid Transformation Demonstration. The training is also...
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Value-Based Payment Practice Transformation Academy Successfully Launched

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The Value-Based Payment Practice Transformation Academy, a partnership between the Healthier Washington Practice Transformation Support Hub, the National Council for Behavioral Health and the Washington Council for Behavioral Health, held its in-person kick-off meeting on October 20th, 2017. Representatives from the 20 participating agencies had an opportunity to actively participate in learning activities with Hub and National Council coaches as well as interact and share ideas with each other. The Academy will continue through January, 2018 with monthly webinars for…

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2017 Washington Behavioral Healthcare Conference

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A record crowd of more than 700 attendees gathered in Vancouver, Washington beginning June 14th for this year’s Washington Behavioral Health Conference (WBHC). The three-day event featured keynote speakers including Kevin Briggs, a former California Highway Patrol sergeant responsible for the Golden Gate Bridge; Hank Steadman, PhD, a sociologist and expert in jail diversion programs; and Victoria Maxwell, an actress and mental health advocate. This year’s conference included a new track: Cultural Awareness & Diversity, with topics such as “Engaging…

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Explore Our Behavioral Health Training Calendar

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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 the flier or registration brochure View the calendar
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