Behavioral Health

The Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Program provides Walla Walla County the means by which they can readily identify the community’s needs and priorities related to the use of alcohol and other drugs.

The Walla Walla County Human Services Advisory Board, Chemical Dependency Committee promotes substance abuse and violence prevention by facilitating the coordination of prevention, intervention, treatment and enforcement activities in order to reduce or eliminate duplication of effort, and increase communication and cooperation between these professional groups.

The Prevention Specialist coordinates and monitors prevention programs available county-wide, assists with planning development for prevention activities and services on a variety of local community and task forces to address the prevention of substance abuse and violence.

For more information on prevention programs, call Deborah Dumont at (509) 524-2650.

The Human Services Advisory Board meets each month on the second Tuesday from 1:30 to 3:30.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How can I tell if my child is using drugs?

Answer: If you see any significant changes in your child’s school performance, in their physical health, changes in their appearance, their personal behavior or if they are making sudden requests for money without a reasonable explanation for it your child may be using drugs/alcohol.

Question: Why is prevention important?

Answer: Addictions damage our bodies, our minds, our relationships and often our futures. Once they take hold, breaking free is difficult.

Question: There isn’t a drug or alcohol problem in Walla Walla, so why bring it up?

Answer: Unfortunately, drug use and addiction is more common in Walla Walla than any of us would like to think. A 2003 study of drug use in this county found that 66% of adults reported binge drinking and 11% were in need of treatment. A 2006 survey of youth found that 24% of the 12th graders surveyed admitted to using marijuana. 77% believed they could easily get their hands on alcohol and 15% said they had driven drunk. Walla Walla averages about 50 drug or alcohol related deaths each year.