Southwest Washington Behavioral Health

Center for Community Health
Center for Community Health

Southwest Washington Behavioral Health (SWBH) administers and coordinates public mental services in Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania Counties. Formed October 1, 2012, SWBH operates through an inter-local agreement between the three counties.

Working collaboratively with all system stakeholders, SWBH envisions a community that encourages recovery, cultural competency, engagement, clinical excellence and access to services in a welcoming environment.

SWBH is strategically implementing system changes to align with health care reform as required through the federal Affordable Care Act and Washington state’s initiatives.

Goals of the organization include:

  • Regional implementation of best, promising, evidence-based, recovery-oriented, and culturally competent practices for children and adults.
  • Standardization and improvement of data collection on consumer and system process and outcome variables.
  • Positioning for health care reform by developing organizational capacity to respond and adapt rapidly to new system requirements and opportunities (e.g. behavioral health/primary care integration).
  • Commitment to maintaining and improving local systems of health care service delivery responsive to Southwest Washington’s distinct communities, cultures, resources and needs.
  • Local responsiveness to the needs of the people of each participating county and tribal jurisdiction, including Clark County, Cowlitz County, Skamania County, and the Cowlitz Tribe, as well as any additional jurisdictions that may join over time.

The entity has a governing board consisting of three members. Current representatives include: Commissioner David Madore, Clark County; Commissioner James Misner, Cowlitz County and Commissioner Chris Brong, Skamania County.

Primary business is conducted at the Center for Community Health, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Building #17, Vancouver, WA, 98661.

Some Washington Health Plan members may qualify for open enrollment year-round

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Upcoming Events

Wed Jan 28 @12:00PM - 01:00PM
Peer Support Meeting
Wed Jan 28 @ 2:00PM - 03:00PM
CVAB Support Group
Thu Jan 29 @11:00AM - 01:00PM
CVAB Resume & Cover Letter Workshop
Thu Jan 29 @ 1:00PM - 03:00PM
CVAB Stress Smart
Fri Jan 30 @ 8:00PM - 11:00PM
Teen Late Night at Firstenburg Community Center

Mental Health & Recovery Resource Site

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Request for Proposal

Temporary Staffing Services

Issue date: December 23, 2014

pdfDownload the RFP
pdfDownload Addendum #1 and Q&A
pdfDownload Addendum #2

Southwest Washington Behavioral Health (SWBH) invites temporary staffing agencies (Agency) to submit proposals for assisting SWBH with temporary staffing needs. SWBH expects to have short-term and long-term temporary and project positons in a variety of areas. These assignments will last from between one (1) month to fifteen (15) months. Staffing Categories include:

  • Information Technologies and Systems
  • Finance and Accounting
  • General Administration and Clerical Support
  • Government and Healthcare Management

Proposals are due by 5:00pm on Friday, January 16, 2015, and must be submitted online at Submission instructions are included in the proposal.

SWBH Mission

To build and maintain a hopeful, strength-based, collaborative and empowering system of care to help those individuals and families in Southwest Washington with complex mental health, substance use and other health needs achieve personal goals and live, work and participate in their community.

SWBH Mental Health Advisory Board Mission

The mission of the Southwest Washington Behavioral Health (SWBH) Mental Health Advisory Board (MHAB) is to advise and assist SWBH to ensure timely access to superior and effective mental health services for people in need, their families and the community. To fulfill this mission, the SWBH MHAB will:

  • Engage in advocacy to reduce stigma, increase awareness of needs and available services, promote equality in service provision, and eliminate disparities in health care;
  • Promote holistic services that emphasize prevention, build resiliency, and address adverse childhood experiences; and
  • Base decisions on sound and credible data.