Behavioral Health

Walla Walla County Behavioral Health Needs Assessment

Beginning in the summer of 2021, the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) engaged in comprehensive mixed methods research to understand the Walla Walla County behavioral health system. Funded by the Walla Walla County Board of County Commissioners and in partnership with the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health, the project team gathered insights from the widest array of health and human services data available and completed listening sessions and stakeholder interviews to identify strengths of the community and shed light on gaps between existing and needed services. 

Walla Walla Behavioral Report Overview
Walla Walla System Assessment
Walla Walla System Assessment Executive Summary

Behavioral health is defined as the prevention, treatment of, and recovery from, any or all of the following disorders: substance use disorders, mental health disorders, co-occurring disorders, or problem gambling and gambling disorders. Our department aims to elevate prevention and wellness through various programs, including: 

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Substance Abuse Prevention
    • Cannabis Prevention
    • Tobacco Cessation and Prevention
    • Opioid Prevention  
    • Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative
Coalitions and Initiatives: 


Maria Knight, MHA
Behavioral Health Division Manager or 509-524-2661