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Harvey Crowder, Interim Director
Telephone:  509-524-2920
Confidential Fax:  509-524-2993
1520 Kelly Place,
Walla Walla, WA  99362  Map


 

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P.O.  Box  1595
Walla Walla, WA 99362
E-Mail:  croberts@co.walla-walla.wa.us

COUNTY OF WALLA WALLA
STATE OF WASHINGTON
OFFICE OF COMMISSIONER COURT

NEWSRELEASE

June 25, 2009

Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners
Walla Walla Public Health and Legislative Building
314 West Main/P. O. Box 1506
Walla Walla, WA   99362 

509/524-2505 

COUNTY RECEIVES ACCOLADES FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AFTER STATE REVIEW 

A recently completed Licensure and Certification review of Walla Walla County Department of Human Services (DHS) performed by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Mental Health Division team, resulted in a cumulative clinical services review score of 98 percent.  The licensure/certification review team remarked such high scores were “extremely rare for an agency of this size and it was unusual to do so well.”   The licensure/certification review team focused mainly on the delivery of outpatient and crisis services provided by the Adult, Elder, Children’s Mental Health units and the Crisis Response Unit.  In addition, the DHS facility was inspected to ensure medication management protocols were followed, and staff credentials reviewed relative to licensing requirements.

Specifically, the review team praised Dr. Daniel Varnell, Psychiatric Director at DHS, for his exceptional clinical work and documenting practices, noting “they are some of the best in the State” they have seen.  DHS’s Peer Counselors also received praise for such high caliber work and documentation.   Other areas receiving recognition were the integration and implementation of the Recovery and Resiliency Model.  The review team commented it was evident and clear clinicians captured the consumer’s voice and wishes and documented in their own words what was important to the client in their on-going work with individuals. 

The Board of County Commissioners joins DHS Director Sharon Saffer, and Assistant Director Dave Hopper, in recognizing DHS staff for the outstanding efforts they evidence daily in supporting individuals with mental illness.

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WALLA WALLA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH AND LEGISLATIVE BUILDING, 314 WEST MAIN
P.O. BOX 1506 • WALLA WALLA, WASHINGTON 99362-0316•wwcocommissioners@co.walla-walla.wa.us
PHONE: (509) 524-2505 •FAX: (509) 524-2512

 

District No.1                                                                          District No.2                                                         District No.3
GREGG C. LONEY                                               PERRY L. DOZIER                                         GREGORY A. TOMPKINS

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The Department of Human Services is regularly audited by both State and Regional regulatory agencies. 

The purpose for these audits is to ensure the individuals we serve receive the highest caliber of services and that we avail ourselves to the standards  regulating the provision of  outpatient mental health services.

Our performance in the April 2009 audit for Greater Columbia Behavioral Health, exceeded their standard benchmarks.   

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