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History of the Behavioral Health Board
Name Changes
Our name has changed over time. Often this has been due to legislative changes at the state level or a board decision locally. We were known as the 317 Board and then the Washington County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (MHAR) Board before being named the Washington County Behavioral Health Board.

The structure and duties of these boards were changed. Separate community boards were created for mental health services and mental retardation services.

The Mental Health Act of 1988 integrated the systems for community-based and state hospital-based care for mental illness. It also fixed primary responsibility for mental health services boards at the local level.

Amended Substitute House Bill (ASHB) 317, "The Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services Act of 1989", established the Ohio Department of Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services and provided for the composition of Boards of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services.

Thus, the 317 Board serving Washington County has been established by Ohio law. Its duty is to see that services and facilities are available for treatment of people who have alcohol / drug addiction and/or mental illness.

Behavioral Health Board
David Browne, C.P.A.

Executive Director

344 Muskingum Drive
Marietta, OH 45750

Ph: (740) 374-6990
Fx: (740) 374-6927

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Except for legal holidays