Comprehensive provides a wide range of innovative behavioral healthcare services to meet individual, family and community needs. We are a private nonprofit organization delivery recovery-oriented services throughout Yakima, Kittitas, Klickitat and Walla Walla counties, and in portions of Benton & Franklin counties.

  • 07/01/2016 10:10 pm

    Affirmative Care for LGBT Individuals

    pride flagBecause of positive momentum in a variety of legal and social areas, it is sometimes possible to forget that individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are still marginalized in this society. Events like the tragedy in Orlando serve as harsh reminders that the LGBT community still struggles with the negative consequences of homophobia and transphobia. Read More

  • 05/27/2016 9:23 pm

    Klickitat County Services

    Klickitat County
    Some people even in our own agency do not know much about Comprehensive in Klickitat County.  We are located in the southern part of Washington State in the scenic Columbia Gorge.  In 1998 Comprehensive starting providing mental health services in Klickitat County and we opened offices in White Salmon and Goldendale which are about 50 miles apart.  Read More

  • 04/14/2016 3:23 pm

    Ask Questions

     teens roasting marshmallows around campfire

    As I was reading before bed this weekend, in my attempt to get less screen time, I was struck by a quote in one of my favorite books, The Little Prince: "Grownups like numbers. When you tell them about a new friend they never ask about what really matters. They never ask, what does his voice sound like? What games does he like to play? [...] They...

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  • 04/12/2016 6:54 pm

    Why We Teach Youth Mental Health First Aid

    teen girl in thought

    Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training designed to teach adults about how to recognize and respond appropriately to a young person who may be developing or experiencing a mental health challenge. First developed in Australia in 2000, Mental Health First Aid has been delivered to U.S. audiences since 2007 and is used in 23 countries around the world. In the U.S. alone, ov...

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  • 04/07/2016 7:11 pm

    National Alcohol Screening Day

    April 7, 2016 is National Alcohol Screening Day.  The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has produced a guide for professionals who work with youth titled “Alcohol Screening & Brief Intervention for Youth” (http://goo.gl/vZxINt). 

    According to this publication, 1 in 3 children starts drinking by the end o...

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  • 04/04/2016 6:54 pm

    The Numbers: Teen Depression and Drug Use

    WA teen past year MDE

     Each year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) compiles a report on a variety of behavioral health indicators based off responses gathered from the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health. This report, called the Behavioral Health Barometer, offers a look at both the national data and the data for each state. It’s a usefu...

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  • 04/01/2016 10:39 pm

    Comprehensive Ready to Meet Needs

    Comprehensive has always been ready to step up to meet needs.  First and foremost, we are about meeting the needs of patients with mental health or substance use disorders. We are also about helping our communities and partners to do the same.  That is who we are.

    In February 2015, Washington State was the defendant in a lawsuit about the timeliness of access to evaluation for competency in criminal cases and for the timeliness of access to restoration services.  When t...

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  • 03/18/2016 6:02 pm

    Comprehensive White Salmon Speaks Spanish


    Klickitat Spanish speakers

    The White Salmon office is excited to be able to provide better customer service to our Spanish speaking community m...

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  • 03/11/2016 7:28 pm

    Fostering Mental Health in the Workplace

    Mental Health Workplace

    A recent article in the Huffington Post reported on efforts in the UK to promote conversations regarding mental health among corporate executives with the goal of creating a workplace culture that fosters mental health. 

    After attending a February meeting with British business leaders, Prime Minister...

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  • 03/08/2016 5:17 pm

    Marijuana and Workplace Safety

    Marijuana in the workplace

    Now that recreational marijuana use is legal in Washington State, we frequently receive questions about the impacts of marijuana in the workplace from managers and supervisors in organizations who contract with us for employee assistance program (EAP) services. 

    While recreational use of mariju...

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  • 02/26/2016 10:50 pm

    Does Spanking Really Work?



    This blog is a little different. 

    Comprehensive has several programs to help parents who may be struggling with their kids.  One of the programs is Multisystemic Therapy (MST).  You can click on this program by going through our services radio button link and then through the Evidenced Based Practices. Or just click here.

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  • 02/16/2016 12:48 am

    5 Myths About Human Trafficking

    In my role with Aspen Victim Advocacy Services, I come across a lot of misconceptions about trafficking and exploitation. Most people are well-meaning, but misinformed about what trafficking means, where it occurs, and who can be a victim. Often I will hear statements like “That doesn’t happen here” or “They chose that job” or “There’s nothing I can do.” To dispel some of these misunderstandings, the following is a list five myths about human tr...

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  • 01/23/2016 12:42 am

    Exciting Place to Work

    These are exciting times to come to work at Comprehensive.   If you take a look at the current job opening link on Comprehensive’s home page you’ll find over 70 job listings.  New jobs are listed nearly every day.  There are really great job opportunities for persons with all types of skills and education.  If you are a caring person who thrives on helping others and working in a team environment, we have a place for you.

    I’m often asked why ...

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  • 01/12/2016 11:03 pm

    Death Rates on the Rise

    Death Rates on Rise

    A recent study by Princeton economists Angus Deaton and Anne Case found that death rates are on the rise for middle-aged white Americans, particularly those with lower educational levels. Looking at mortality data from the Centers for Disease ...

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  • 12/31/2015 12:02 am

    Last Week Tonight Comments on State of US Mental Health System

    In a recent episode of the HBO series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, host John Oliver examined the current state of the U.S. mental health system. First pointing out how rarely we talk about mental illness and then showing how incorrectly we talk about it once the topic finally comes up, the segment focuses on how disorganized and underfunded the mental health system is. By pointing out the ways in which our system is lacking—for instance, that 2 million people with mental illness ...

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  • 12/23/2015 10:43 pm

    Yakima Herald Editorial Calls Comprehensive Service a Win

    Herald Editorial Competency Restoration


    Win-win-win as jail makes transition to mental health

    Yakima Herald-Republic Editorial Board

    It’s unusual — almost ironic — that two serious governmental problems provide a solution to each other, and at the same time, offer an opportunity for a ...

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  • 12/15/2015 6:38 pm

    Don't Feel SAD

    Don't Feel SAD

    Winter in Central Washington, for some, brings on a feeling of sadness, more specifically SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder.  SAD is a treatable condition that is different from other types of depression.  SAD begins in the fall and lifts in spring.  The seasonal aspect of SAD may be related to the body’s na...

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  • 12/11/2015 8:16 pm

    Suicide Safe


    We know that suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the U.S., killing over 41,000 people every year. Alarmingly, about 45% of those who die by suicide have had a visit with their primary care provider in the month before their death. Unfortunately, not all medical professionals have the tools and resources to adequately screen patients for suicide risk and intervene when necessary.

    To address this concern, SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Ad...

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  • 11/25/2015 8:34 pm

    Take Time to Listen

    Take Time to Listen

    The holiday season can be stressful.  Often we don’t seem to have enough time, money or patience as we try to buy the right present or see the right people. 

    Many of us also want to give to those in need so we take on extra tasks.  Much of our time is spent thinking about the future (what I n...

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  • 11/20/2015 5:39 pm

    Unplugged Parenting

    Unplugged Parenting

    In today’s busy, fast-paced world, parents have many demands that compete for their time and attention. Because many of these demands are inevitable, like jobs and housekeeping, parents often struggle to find time to connect with their children on a regular basis. Children of all ages seek one thing from their ...

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  • 11/16/2015 11:25 pm

    Good and Cheap Cookbook

    We know that eating well plays an important role in recovery.  Eating appropriate and nutritious foods ensures that our bodies have the fuel and building blocks we need to stay healthy and active.  However, eating well on a limited budget is a significant challenge for many of our clients.  Our stores are filled with cheap and quick to prepare processed foods.  Many of these prepared foods contain unhealthy amounts of salt, fats, and sugar.

    For her master’s t...

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  • 11/05/2015 11:06 pm

    New Way to Treat Schizophrenia

    Schizophrenia graphic

    For a long time, medication has been the primary treatment tool for behavioral health interventions for individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia.  New research cited in a recent New York Times article (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/20/health/talk-...

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  • 10/23/2015 6:04 pm

    Successful Transition to ICD-10/ DSM-5

    ICD-10October 1, 2015 was the deadline for all healthcare providers across the United States to switch to the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) – also known as ICD-10 – for billing purposes.  The ICD-10 codes are used to describe the condition the healthcare provider is treating. 

    In the behavior...

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  • 10/13/2015 9:31 pm

    Walla Walla County Jail Inmates Get New Behavioral Health Services

    Inmates get services

    Many inmates in the Walla Walla County Jail suffer from mental health or chemical dependency illnesses. In response, the Walla Walla County Department of Corrections has instituted new programs to provide behavioral health treatment and support for inmates.  Using funds from a 0.1% sales tax started in 2012, inmates will be screened...

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  • 10/01/2015 11:58 pm

    Change Your Feelings by Changing Your Behavior

    Just Do It

    Get Up and Get Moving

    One of the most effective treatments for depression is behavioral activation.  Behavioral activation has its roots in Behavioral Therapy but now is regularly used as a component of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).   Depressive symptoms include lack of motivation, tiredness, social withdraw...

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  • 09/29/2015 11:23 pm

    Virginity Can't Be Taken

    Virginity Test

    Virginity is something that is given, never taken.

    For the last 23 years I have specialized in working with children and adults who have been victims of sexual abuse.  I was working with a person (going to call her B) who was sexually abused from the age of something to something (four consecutive years).  The details are important to B,...

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  • 09/24/2015 10:24 pm

    Six Reasons to Become a Victim Advocate Volunteer

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    At Comprehensive Mental Health, Aspen Victim Advocacy Services relies heavily on volunteers.  Not an expert on advocacy? That’s okay! Several times each year, Aspen provides extensive core training for volunteers to prepare them for the important work they’re about to start. Her...

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  • 09/22/2015 10:19 pm

    Mental Health Stigma is Scapegoating

    stigma free

    Let’s face it. Stigma about mental illness and other behavioral health disorders is a big problem.  The majority of the public in the United States have stigmatizing opinions about mental illness.  This is not limited to the uninformed. Professionals and even some mental health professionals ascribe stereotypes to persons with mental illness.  Sensatio...

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  • 09/16/2015 4:16 pm

    Could You Respond to a Crisis?

    Picture this: You’re loading groceries from your shopping cart into your car when you’re startled by a man yelling at a car a few parking spaces away. As you look closer, you see that the car is completely empty, and in fact, there isn’t anyone near him at all. The man is gesticulating wildly, shouting profanity, and seems to be arguing with someone only he can see. You contemplate just shaking it off and heading home, that is, until you see an elderly woman pushing her cart...

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  • 09/10/2015 11:08 pm

    World Suicide Prevention Day

    Suicide is a serious problem worldwide. In the United States, about 40,000 people will take their lives this year.

    Suicide risks vary widely, but research shows that certain life experiences can influence people to consider taking their lives. Those experiences include: drug and alcohol abuse, untreated mental illnesses, abuse, trauma, lack of access to mental health services, poverty, bu...

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  • 08/28/2015 9:52 pm

    Marijuana in the Workplace

    It’s Legal, Isn’t It?

    Washington State's legalization of marijuana may have created a pit fall for unknowing job seekers.  Not only does the State allow for marijuana to be used in accordance with a physician's prescription, but it can also be used recreationally.  Seems like there shouldn't be any confusion, right?  Unfortunately, it’s still a bit hazy.

    Many employers that had previously established drug free workplace policies, have made no c...

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  • 08/19/2015 5:54 pm

    You Can't Spoil Your Kids with Too Much Time

    Time for kidsYou can’t spoil your kids with your time.

    Over the years I have worked with families who have struggled with trying to find a balance in meeting the day to day demands of life and helping their kids deal with behavior problems, depression, drug use, anxiety and trauma.  What I have found is we are sometimes trying to balance things that are not of equal value ...

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  • 08/14/2015 6:33 pm

    Walla Walla - One Year Later

    Walla Walla River            Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health’s first year in Walla Walla continues to be exciting, challenging, and promising.  Walla Walla is a wonderful community and has extended a very warm welcome to us.  Comprehensive staff is privileged to be par...

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  • 07/31/2015 5:53 pm

    5 Ways to Reduce Workplace Stress

    If you suffer from anxiety, you are not alone.  A recent study released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicates that 4.3 million Americans who work full-time experienced some form of an anxiety disorder in the past year. That is approximately 3.7 percent of the working population (aged 18 or older). 

    Medical Daily, a website dedicated to covering health and science news, provides the following tips for reducing anxiety and creating...

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  • 07/28/2015 6:09 pm

    Out of the Darkness

    Most people will experience depression at some point in their life.  Typically, this means feeling a little down or out of sorts about a particular loss or disappointment.  Because we use the word depression to describe these typical periods of feeling low, it is hard for most of us to appreciate the levels of despair and hopelessness that are common when someone experiences an episode of sever...

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  • 07/23/2015 10:20 pm

    "Behavioral Healthcare" - What The Heck Does That Mean?

    Behavioral Health Sign
    "Behavioral healthcare" is becoming a commonly used term in the realm of healthcare.  But what is behavioral healthcare, really?  I discovered that the answer depends on when the question was asked. 

    “Behavioral health” in the 70’s and 80’s referred primarily to behaviors that prevented illness and promoted health.  Like the thing...

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  • 07/20/2015 5:59 pm

    A Moment for Parents

    Parenting is said to be the hardest task someone will ever undertake. It is also said that parenting is the most rewarding task we will ever undertake. Both statements are true but there are skills that can be learned that make the rewards worth all the work.

    One of these parenting skills is Special Time. It is well understood that children respond positively to positive attention. Special Time teaches that a daily structured one on one time with each child can have very posi...

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  • 07/14/2015 5:23 pm

    A Journey Toward Mindfulness

    About 15 years ago I received training in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (Marsha M. Linehan, University of Washington).   I had heard of mindfulness but did not understand how using mindfulness skills could be used in therapy.  We were starting a Dialectic Behavioral Group at Comprehensive and needed to continue learning and practice the skills from the book Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder (Marsha M Linehan, Guilford Press).   A small...

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  • 07/10/2015 9:43 pm

    Comprehensive Commits to Meaningful Use

    In 2009 Meaningful Use was introduced as part of the “Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.  Meaningful Use is a voluntary incentive program meant to encourage the adoption of a certified Electronic Health Record (EHR).  It provides a set of measures and standards for collecting and storing critical patient information.  Each calendar year eligible professionals (Dr.’s ARNP, PA’s) must attest to successfully meeting...

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  • 07/07/2015 6:50 pm

    Three Key Steps to Reduce Hospital Readmission

    Pasco Team

    Three key steps for reducing hospital readmission.

    Hospital stays are never fun.  People poke and prod, the food is not great, and let’s face it, you’re either hurt or sick. I have never heard of anyone who wants a quick trip back to the hospital, but that is exactly what happens to 1 in 5 individuals as reported by the Center of Medicaid and Medicare...

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  • 05/05/2015 11:19 am

    The Right Fit: 10 Questions to Ask a Counselor

    As a counselor in Yakima WA for the last 23 years I get calls from folks asking who I think would be a good counselor for them.I learned a long time ago to only give the names of counselors I would trust with my own children.  There are counselors that make me a little nervous, but I will never tell someone not to see them, it is just bad karma.  I will give folks that call me a list of questions they ca...

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  • 05/04/2015 2:50 pm

    Break the Silence, End Sexual Violence

    High profile disclosures of rape in other communities, however old and seemingly far away, because of the ensuing media attention, affect us right here in Yakima.

    Sexual violence, rape, molestation, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment, gang rape, commercial sexual exploitation; is the topic in the news, around the table, in the office. Everyone has an opinion about the allegations, the offender and the victim. Accused rapists include coaches, celebrities, priests, professionals, nei...

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  • Mental Illness: Our Words Make a Difference

    04/16/2015 8:07 am

    Mental Illness: Our Words Make a Difference

    Have you ever heard one of your friends say something like: "The weather is so schizo today; rainy one minute, sunny the next." Or, "Wow, you are so OCD, just pick one."  Or perhaps, "I’m so depressed, I could just shoot myself."

    When psychology terms enter into common use, it seems pretty harmless at first.  It is just a quick and easy way, a shortcut, for describing how we are feeling or what is going on with us.  Unfortunatel...

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  • 04/02/2015 1:54 pm

    Mental Illnesses Are More Common Than the Big Three (Cancer, Diabetes and Heart Disease)

    Mental health issues are a part of everyone’s lives.  One in five of us in the United States have a diagnosable mental disorder National Institute of Mental Health). That’s 60 million people.  One in 20 of us have a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.  One in ten of our youth have experienced a period of serious depression.  Mental illnesses are more common than the big three of cancer, diabetes and heart disease ...

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