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Our Services and Outcomes

The Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) is part of the Behavioral Health and Service Integration Administration (BHSIA).  DBHR and BHSIA are part of DSHS (view our mission and core values).  We  provide prevention, intervention, inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment and recovery support services to people in need.  With our community, state and national partners, we are committed to providing evidence-based, cost-effective services that support the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities in Washington State. 


Investing in behavioral health services decreases costs to the public for criminal justice, medical care, foster care and financial assistance.  Prevention and recovery services help people achieve higher levels of education, find living-wage jobs, and access affordable and supported house.  We strengthen families so children have the care and support they need to reaach their full potential.


BHSIA operates three state psychiatric hospitals:  Eastern State Hospital, Western State Hospital and the Child Study and Treatment Center.  These hospitals have a combined capacity to serve over 1,100 patients.  BHSIA has 2,330 employees and a biennium budget of $1.9 billion.

During the 2011-20133 biennium:

  • 203,000 clients participated in mental health treatment provided through 11 Regional Support Networks (RSNs);
  • 95,000 clients participated in substance abuse treatment;
  • 688 clients participated in gambling treatment; and
  • 17 problem gambling prevention initiatives were funded.

BHSIA's core services focus on:

  • Individual Support:  Providing support to clients who fact challenges with addictions or mental illness, and preventing substance abuse and problem gambling.
  • Health Care Quality and Costs: Designing and implementing integrated care systems, with other DSHS administrations and the Health Care Authority.  This will improve our clients' health and contain health care costs.
  • Administration: Providing management infrastructure to support administrative functions such as accounting, fiscal, forecasting, contracting and information technology.

BHSIA is a partner in Governor Jay Inslee’s Results Washington, a focused effort to create effective, efficient and accountable government.  BHSIA has lead responsibility for six success metrics, under the Healthy Youth and Adults success indicators. These are:

  • Increase the number of adults (18 and over) receiving outpatient mental health services from 56,000 to 62,000 by June 30, 2015.
  • Increase the percentage of adults who complete outpatient chemical dependency treatment from 62 percent to 70.7 percent by June 30, 2015.
  • Increase the percentage of adults who complete outpatient chemical dependency treatment from 62 percent to 70.7 percent by June 30, 2015. 
  • Increase the percentage of youth who complete outpatient chemical dependency treatment from 65 percent to 76.2 percent by June 30, 2015. 
  • Decrease the percentage of 10th graders who report smoking marijuana in the past 30 days from 19.3% in 2012 to 18.0% by 2017. 
  • Decrease the percentage of 10th graders who report drinking alcohol in the last 30 days from 27.7% to 24.8% by 2017.

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