Addressing Local Behavioral Health Needs


Click here to access a brief description of each partner’s behavioral health project. To learn more about behavioral health across the Olympic region, check out OCH’s most recent report.

The prevalence of behavioral health conditions in the three-county region is defined as the proportion of the Olympic region’s population who experiences behavioral health conditions in a given time period (including both mental health conditions and substance-use disorder). The Olympic region faces many behavioral health challenges including barriers to transportation, broadband and technology, shortages, and access to the full-spectrum of recovery services. As COVID-19 continues to exacerbate behavioral health needs across the Olympic region and Washington State, OCH engaged implementation partners to embark on an activity of their choice to support the local behavioral health needs of their communities, going above and beyond their standard efforts. The region has the benefit of caring, dedicated, and talented partners addressing both long-standing and current behavioral health needs. OCH intentionally provided partners with the freedom to get creative and think outside the box to best cater projects to the needs of their clients and communities while maximizing their strengths.


Mental health treatment: Ages 6+

The percentage of Medicaid beneficiaries, 6 years of age and older, with a mental health need identified within the past two years, who received at least one qualifying service during the measurement year.

Measurement period: 4/1/2019-3/31/2020 | A higher rate is better

Data source: Healthier Washington (2020, March 31), Measure Explorer & Trend Dashboard



OCH is inspired by the wide variety of partner projects supporting behavioral health needs. Many implementation partners initiated projects addressing behavioral health through the determinants of health, the conditions in which people are born, live, grow, work, and age that shape health.

Tackling a huge issue like behavioral health requires a collective approach, with efforts addressing multiple angles. That’s where a network of collaborative partners comes in, each applying their own strengths and perspective to the equation. In the graphic below, you can see how a few example projects embody various levels of technology and prevention (upstream vs downstream). Each addressing an important need in a unique way.

The activities have already had positive impacts in the Olympic region. Over 90% of partners plan to sustain their projects. One partner described the impact of the recent expansion of behavioral health services, “these have proven to drastically improve positive outcomes for client.”


OCH is inspired by the many projects and efforts going on across the region to support behavioral health. Together, we can tackle health issues no single sector or Tribe can tackle alone.

Interested in learning more about a project? Click here to access a brief description of each partner’s behavioral health project or contact OCH@olympicch.org