About DBHR

Our Services and Outcomes

The Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) is part of the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) within DSHS (view our mission and core values).  DBHR was organized in 2009 to integrate state-funded services for substance use, mental health and problem gambling.  

Our goals are to prevent substance use disorders and support holistic, evidence-based, person-centered care that addresses both medical and behavioral health conditions.  This overview of our outcomes shows how we are achieving our goals.  Some of the ways our services are making a difference include:

  • Decreasing costs to the public for criminal justice, medical care, foster care and financial assistance;
  • Helping people achieve higher levels of education, find living-wage jobs, and access affordable and supported housing; and
  • Strengthening families so children have the care and support they need to reach their full potential.
BHA provides funding, training and technical assistance to community-based providers for prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery support services to people in need.  We  have over 2,300 employees and a biennium budget of $1.9 billion.  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. 

BHA's core services focus on:

  • Individual Support:  Providing support to clients who face 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.

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