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Start Your Path to a rewarding career in Behavioral Health!

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A career in behavioral health is a great way to help people in your community, and change lives! Lots of opportunities are available now, and you can learn more at startyourpath.org. There are many benefits to a behavioral health career, including: Variety: Pursue career opportunities within a wide range of occupations, populations, and professional settings Growth: Continue to build your skills and experience through a variety of educational pathways and career choices Community: Help your community thrive, while joining a…

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Discover 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 aavery@thewashingtoncouncil.org 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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2021 WA Behavioral Healthcare Conference-Thanks for attending!

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Thanks to everyone who joined us for our first virtual WBHC, Stronger Together - A Path Forward! We had 687 attendees, 4 national expert keynote speakers, and tracks of workshops including Recovery & Resiliency, Race & Equity in Behavioral Health, Emerging, Best, & Promising Practices, Corrections & Mental Health, Management, Leadership & Operations, and more! You can find available handouts HERE! The Washington Council for Behavioral Health is grateful for funding from the Health Care Authority and the Department of...
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Publicly Funded Community Behavioral Health System Hit Hard by Low Rates and COVID Impacts

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The Washington Council for Behavioral Health has been working hard throughout 2020 and 2021 to ensure that our essential safety-net providers remain able to serve people living with serious mental illness and/or substance use disorder in the face of COVID-19. A recent survey of our members provided startling data on the impacts of the pandemic; a summary of that data can be found HERE. Chronically low Medicaid rates exacerbated by COVID pandemic costs and lost revenue have left community behavioral...
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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 aavery@thewashingtoncouncil.org 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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