by Comprehensive Staff

05/31/2019 4:46 pm

May is Mental Health Awareness Month: A Message from Comprehensive Healthcare CEO, Jodi Daly, Ph.D.

May is set aside to focus on mental health and its place at the table as a critical health problem in the United States. The month was packed with media and local events in an effort to increase people’s attentiveness to “why” we should all be aware and interested in this topic. I hope that you or a loved one were able to participate in Comprehensive Healthcare’s community offering of Mental Health First Aid, the various lunch and learns, or had an opportunity to listen to a few of our staff on various media segments highlighting the topic of behavioral health.

The grim reality is that 46 million adults experience mental illness, but only 41% seek help. Additionally, we know that those who suffer from a behavioral health challenge are also likely to suffer from a physical health challenge. For instance, 15 to 30 percent of people with diabetes also have depression, which often results in poor health outcomes. Sadly, despite the fact that spending on behavioral health care reached $221 billion in 2014, behavioral health remains the single most expensive medical condition in the United States.  The economic and social impact of suffering from a behavioral health challenge affects individuals, the overall cost of healthcare and the wellbeing of our communities.

The current initiative of integrating behavioral health and physical health is in response to the healthcare system’s struggle to defray the costs of healthcare as well as meet the high demand for services. Comprehensive Healthcare is no stranger to integration models that support positive health outcomes. For Comprehensive Healthcare, integration is what we have been doing each and every day in the communities we serve.  Comprehensive Healthcare employs over 700 individuals; from therapists, case managers, nurses, social workers, prescribers, and a host of others who are all “community problems-solvers”. We have collaborative agreements with other healthcare providers, embedding our staff in their organizations and vice versa. Additionally, we have staff embedded in law enforcement programs across a few of our counties. All of these community stakeholders experience the value of integration, while capitalizing on Comprehensive Healthcare’s rich history and unique knowledge regarding behavioral health.

Our staff assists 20,000 lives each year through a vast continuum of services including: outpatient services, inpatient services, residential treatment, substance use disorder treatment, victim advocacy services, veteran services, crisis response services and community trainings.  Our organization impacts lives in six Washington counties in immeasurable ways; which ultimately impact the social and economic health of these communities.

As we come to the end of May, know that Comprehensive Healthcare is invested in the communities we serve. We believe that “community” is the cure as well as the path towards recovery for those that suffer from behavioral health challenges. Let us be the community that supports every individual’s path to recovery.

If you think someone is in need, if there have been major challenges in their life and could be hurting, say something—you can save a life. If you or someone close to you is experiencing a crisis, call us.  Our crisis hotlines are available 24-hours a day.

Yakima County: 509.575.4200

Kittitas County: 509.674.2881, or 509.925.4168 (upper county)

Kilickitat County: 833.407.9286

Walla Walla County: 509.524.2999

Benton Franklin County: 509.783.0500 (operated by Lourdes Counseling Center)