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About the Board

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.

What We Are Doing

In addition to providing essential prevention, treatment, and recovery programs for children, adolescents, and adults at risk for mental illness and substance use disorders, the Board provides:

  • Crisis Intervention Team training for Washington County law enforcement officers and other first responders.  The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is a model for community policing that brings together law enforcement, mental health providers, hospital emergency departments and individuals with mental illness and their families to improve responses to people in crisis.
  • Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Courses.   Just as CPR helps you assist someone having a heart attack – even if you have no clinical training – the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course teaches you how to recognize warning signs and assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis. There are two types of classes available, one that focuses on how to help adults (Adult MHFA) and one for parents, teachers, and others who work with children and adolescents that focuses on how to help youth (Youth MHFA).
  • Youth Leadership Summits.  The Behavioral Health Board offers two youth leadership summits annually to Washington County youth, one for 6th - 9th grade students and one for 9th - 12th grade students.  The Summits  provide opportunities to Washington County youth for the development of 21st century skills such as leadership, communication, organizational, and problem solving.
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) educational presentations.  The Behavioral Health Board provides workshops and trainings on a variety of behavioral health topics  to schools and other organizations and groups in Washington County.  In addition, the Board disseminates awareness and prevention educational information at county fairs, health fairs, and other appropriate venues throughout the year.  
  • Funding and  technical support to coalitions and peer run organizations in Washington County; these groups are listed in the resource section in the left hand column of this website. 
  • Collaboration with other governmental entities to enhance health and wellness in the community.

Washington County Behavioral Health Resources Page

Mental Health Resource Guide (PDF Download)

Washington County Behavioral Health Board
2016-2017 Annual Report

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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.