About

Bringing health, wellness, dignity, and hope to our community

Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness (WVCW) is a progressive full service community-based program focusing on the mental health and life enrichment needs of the people of Wallowa County. We are the primary provider of mental health and developmental disability services in Wallowa County. Confidential, individualized services focus on people with mental and emotional disturbances, crisis intervention, those with severe mental illness, people with drug and alcohol abuse issues, gambling issues, and people with developmental disabilities. We also offer marriage and family counseling, and stress reduction, anger management etc. for people seeking to improve their quality of life. The next clinic is 128 miles (round-trip) away in La Grande, Oregon.

We have served Wallowa County for almost 30 years. Beginning existence as a County Mental Health Clinic, then becoming a non-profit organization in 1995. We are guided in our work by a nine-member board that provides oversight for the organization. We serve as the Community-Based Mental Health Program (CMHP) and as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic for Wallowa County.

MISSION

The mission of Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness is to facilitate growth and wellness through services and resources that empower personal action.

VISION

The Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness envisions access to integrated wellness services and resources for all.

VALUES

  • Excellent, Efficient, and love-filled care
  • Safe, happy, and thriving community
  • Inclusiveness, integration, and honoring each individual's lived experience


Key Initiatives

Certified Community Behavior Health Clinic

In April 2017, we became a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). CCBHCs were created through Section 223 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA), which established a demonstration program based on the Excellence in Mental Health Act. The Excellence in Mental Health Act demonstration program – also known as the Excellence Act or the Section 223 demonstration program – is a two-year, 8-state initiative to expand Americans; access to mental health and addiction care in community-based settings.

Since becoming a CCBHC in April 2017, we have added 13 new positions to support our increased access to services. We employ 70 staff with a $5.6 million budget and return 70% of that budget back into the local economy between salaries, benefits, goods and services. We are working with our national representatives to ensure they understand the impact this has had on our community and support the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Expansion Act.

Integrated Care

Our goal is to have mental health integrated with all primary care facilities in Wallowa County. Currently, we have integrated services with Winding Waters Clinic. This integration has resulted in 20 hours per week of primary care on site, co-location for seamless care coordination, and warm handovers. As part of this collaborative approach to healthcare, Winding Waters Medical Clinic now shares space at our Annex location offering full medical services within our behavioral health home. We also have staff who have been trained as Behavioral Health Coaches and are working as an integrated team with primary care. We are beginning to build a stronger relationships with Wallowa Memorial Hospital and Wallowa Mountain View Medical by partnering on some Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization grants to broaden the scope of services to shared clients.

We are here to help you in your journey to mental wellness. Call us to get started (541) 426-4524.