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Opioid Treatment Program in Yakima Expands Wraparound Services with New Suboxone Treatment Option

In November 2020, Comprehensive Healthcare’s Yakima-based Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) began offering a new medication option intended to chemically break the chain of addiction: suboxone treatment. “Suboxone essentially stops the cravings for drugs. What remission is to cancer, suboxone is to substance use disorders. It effectively blocks the desire to get high, because individuals are […]

Computers on Carts Bring Behavioral Health Services to County Emergency Departments and Law Enforcement

Computers on carts are rolling in a new era of telehealth – literally. Over the past several months, Comprehensive Healthcare has partnered with 12 hospitals and county jails to install secure, user-friendly mobile devices that provide immediate access to crisis behavioral health services at sites across Central Washington. “With just two clicks of a mouse, […]

An App to Navigate Daily Life with Schizophrenia, and Modern Therapy Built on Storytelling Traditions

For decades, Comprehensive Healthcare has fostered a close partnership with the University of Washington to engage clients and community members in innovative research projects to advance behavioral health care in our region, state, and nationwide. Two of our current initiatives, Healing Seasons and FOCUS, are designed to uncover new, evidence-based approaches to helping clients build […]

Welcome Mary Elsethagen, Vice President of Inpatient and Residential Services

Mary is the new Vice President of Inpatient and Residential Services at Comprehensive Healthcare, and comes to us from Greater Oregon Behavioral Health based in The Dalles, Oregon where she was the Senior Integrated Services Manager, overseeing the Utilization Management and Care Coordination teams. Mary has extensive behavioral health experience ranging from clinical roles in […]

Black History Month 2021

Martin Luther King holiday has come and gone, and Black History Month (February) is upon us. The celebration that began as a week-long event was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial. President Gerald R. Ford was quoted during its commemoration, urging Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments […]

Social and Emotional Health in the Family Environment

The family environment can be compared to a complex organism, where every part affects every other part. Each person in the family also has many parts that affect all the other parts. Each person has their own set of personality traits, emotions, thoughts, beliefs, interests, and pet peeves (things we dislike).  In addition, each person […]

Chris De Villeneuve, our new Vice President of Yakima and Kittitas County Services!

After about three and a half years of working with Catholic Charities, Chris De Villeneuve is returning to Comprehensive Healthcare as Vice President. He previously worked with Comprehensive Healthcare for 15 years, leaving the organization when he was Director in Sunnyside. We are thrilled to welcome Chris back! In total, Chris has 25 years of […]

Welcome, new Chief of Integration and Managed Care Officer!

Edith (Edie) Dibble is Comprehensive Healthcare’s new Chief of Integration and Managed Care Officer (CIMCO). This new Core Team position will oversee our health system’s managed care strategy, planning, and implementation. The CIMCO will also participate in establishing quality and financial performance standards for the managed care products and track benchmarks. They may also negotiate […]