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History of the Behavioral Health Board
Behavioral Health Board Info, History, and Meeting Schedule

The Washington County Behavioral Health Board is the local authority for planning, monitoring, evaluating, and financing publicly funded treatment and prevention services for mental illness and alcohol and drug addiction in Washington County.  The Behavioral Health Board studies the local community's needs for mental health and alcohol / drug addiction services, sets priorities and plans strategies for treatment and prevention.

The Board does not provide these services directly, but contracts with agencies to provide services to Washington County citizens and employs an executive director and staff to carry out board policies. The Behavioral Health Board's and executive director's specific duties are spelled out in Chapter 340 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Behavioral Health Board Mission, Values and Vision Statements

Board Meetings

The Behavioral Health Board's regular meetings are open to the public. They are held on the fourth Thursday of the month, unless that is a holiday.

Calendar of Regular Board Meetings

Behavioral Health Board Meeting Minutes and Agendas

Most Recent Meeting Agenda | List of Previous Meeting Agendas

Most Recent Meeting Minutes | List of Previous Meeting Minutes

Behavioral Health Board Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

Most Recent Meeting Minutes | List of Previous Meeting Minutes


The committees of the Washington County Behavioral Health Board are:

Program Planning and Oversight Committee
Budget and Finance Committee

Crisis Intervention Team Committee (ad hoc)
Standing Rules and Procedures Committee (ad hoc)
Alcohol/Other Drugs Committee (ad hoc)
Public Information and Education Committee

A position on the Washington County Behavioral Health Board Public Information and Education Committee is open to a community member. If you are interested in educating the community on substance abuse and/or mental health issues, and are interested in serving as a volunteer on the committee, please contact the Board at (740) 374-6990 or .

Committee Meeting Calendar


Funds for these services come from federal and state subsidies, grants and entitlements as well as fees and donations. The board approves expenditures and sets policies to assure the best use of public funds.  The Behavioral Health Board also educates the public about its agencies and programs and  keeps up-to-date about the best methods of prevention and treatment.

Board Membership

Up to 18 citizens who live in Washington County are appointed to serve on the board. Appointments to the board are specified in Chapter 340.02 of the Ohio Revised Code. All board members must be interested in mental health and/or alcoholism and drug addiction services. None may be related to employees of the board or to the appointing authorities.  Board membership is considered an honor and an opportunity for public service. Members are not paid, although their expenses in conducting board business may be reimbursed.

Washington County Behavioral Health Board Members

The Washington County Commissioners appoint 10 members. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services appoints eight members, four of whom are primarily interested in mental health and four of whom are primarily interested in substance use disorders. 

The Washington County Behavioral Health Board has Board member openings for Washington County residents with an interest in mental health and/or substance use disorders.  If you are interested in serving on the Board in a volunteer capacity, please contact us at (740) 374-6990 or .

Washington County Mental Health Resource Guide

History of the 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.

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David Browne, C.P.A.

Executive Director

Providing essential prevention, treatment, and recovery programs for children, adolescents, and adults at risk for mental illness and substance use disorders

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


Is it an emergency? Dial 911.

Local Hotline: Dial (740) 373-8240.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Ohio Crisis TEXT line:
Send 4HOPE to 741741.

Local information and referral service:
Dial 211.