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Vice President of Behavioral Health

Yakima, WA


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Overview: Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic has initiated a national search to identify and recruit top-notch candidates to compete to become its Vice President of Behavioral Health. This is a unique opportunity at one of the most respected community health center systems in the U.S.


The Role: Reporting to the Corporate Operations Officer, as VP of Behavioral Health you will be the strategic and operational leader who

  • transforms, develops, and grows a unique and innovative continuum of specialty behavioral health services

  • achieves performance excellence, both clinically and financially

  • collaborates within the organization to achieve primary care behavioral health integration across the system.


You will guide the clinical, fiscal, and contractual direction of behavioral health services to meet patient, family  and community needs and position YVFWC for the future of health care. You will be part of the Executive Leadership Team and will contribute to the YVFWC’s mission and high-performance culture by exhibiting our values and providing quality results that position YVFWC as the leader in delivering proactive behavioral health solutions. Importantly, you will serve as a system resource on matters relating to behavioral health services and will contribute creative ideas and problem-solving to assure effective utilization of resources. You will be expected to have immediate impact on the performance of the behavioral health system and play a strategic role in improving the health of the region.


The Organization: Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFWC) has its roots as a small volunteer clinic that has grown to become one of the largest community health centers in the Pacific Northwest, with over 40 clinics in 18 communities across Washington and Oregon. Home-based in Yakima, WA, YVFWC’s non-profit neighborhood-based centers serve over 180,000 patients per year, regardless of their ability to pay, through a dedicated workforce of 1,500 caregivers and 166 medical, dental and behavioral health providers. YVFWC is leading in the era of national health care reform and is Joint Commission certified, Meaningful Use recognized, and has been NCQA level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home recognized since 2014.


A core service of YVFWC ( ) since 1978, their Behavioral Health Services (BHS) business unit was licensed as a community mental health center in the mid-1980s. BHS provides specialty behavioral health services to about 3,000 patients in Yakima County every year, with active cases ranging from 1,400 to 1,900 at any one time. Children, adolescents, and their families make up 90% of their patients and clients. The current BHS specialty service array includes:

  • Outpatient Services offering individual and group mental health treatment and counseling

  • Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe) serves children and adolescents up to age 21 who have behavioral issues severe enough to face removal from their homes

  • Psychiatric Services for those who may need medication in conjunction with other treatment

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to help children ages 5-12 diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder

  • The Behavioral Assessment Team (BAT) uses special training in psychology to determine the severity of children's behavior issues.

  • Substance Use Disorder treatment counselors are state-certified and specialize in treating youths.


BHS also meets the needs of a broader population through Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) integration in YVFWC primary care clinics throughout Washington and Oregon, serving any primary care patient. Combined, specialty behavioral health services and PCBH serve as many as 15,000 people annually.

The Community:  The Yakima Valley is located in south Central Washington and is known for its quality and quantity of agricultural crops, large wine and craft beverage industry, blue skies, and affordable housing. Take advantage of Yakima’s affordable housing, time-saving commutes, skilled business community and knowledgeable civic leaders. The Yakima Valley lifestyle emphasizes family, educational opportunities and community safety and offers a fabulous blend of civic, cultural, and recreational activities, year-round. Choose from diverse community and housing options - retro-city environs, charming, small town, or country living - some of the most affordable options in Washington. Yakima is brimming with simple pleasures, relaxing excursions, and world-class outdoor adventures. And enjoy easy access to Seattle, Portland, or Spokane if you have a craving for an outing in the big city. Add to that, welcoming neighbors and affordable living and you begin to get a picture of the place to be – Western living at its best!


Our Ideal Candidate:  Our ideal candidate is a results-driven behavioral healthcare leader with experience engaging broad stakeholder groups – corporate leaders, staff, patients, families, communities, funders and regulators - to shape a future of innovation and reasoned risk-taking while establishing YVFWC’s Behavioral Health Services as a Center of Excellence.


With philosophies of shared leadership and collaboration, candidates will be politically savvy and excellent communicators. Candidates must have successful track records leading strategic initiatives and building innovative systems of care in collaboration with professional and community partners, with preference for those with start-up experience. 


Our ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate a strong business sense within the behavioral health and human services context – able to balance clinical and financial goals. Operational performance and accountability will be hallmarks of the candidate’s career.


Candidates must have a combination of education and progressive management and leadership experiences in hospital-based behavioral healthcare that prepares them for the position responsibilities and performance expectations: 


  • Education - Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration, Business Administration or Behavioral Health or Human Services or related field

  • 7+ years of senior leadership in healthcare business operations which includes senior management experience in behavioral health care in a direct service provider organization

  • Experience in leading specialty behavioral health facilities or behavioral health function within a larger system and developing behavioral health programs including substance use disorder and mental health treatment, as well as integrated primary care behavioral health services.

  • Experience in managing behavioral health services and knowledgeable about associated regulatory and unique patient care requirements

  • Experience in developing and implementing effective operational and financial systems and controls

  • Strong provider, staff and community stakeholder relations experience, and a track record of successfully managing complex issues for vulnerable populations

  • Experience in a competitive, managed care market as well as grant-funded environments

  • Experience working with specialty behavioral health treatment



Apply: To compete for this challenging and rewarding leadership opportunity as Vice President of Behavioral Health for Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic or to request additional information, please contact:

Ronald W. Morton, MPA, CBHE

Vice President, The Meyers Group

Executive Search Consultants

(301) 625-5600 X 2

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