Behavioral Health Resources has reached a deal on the collective bargaining agreement with SEIU Healthcare 1199NW. Alliea Phipps, Director of Community Relations & Foundation tells us the Olympia-based Non-profit 501c3 Behavioral Health Resources (BHR) is pleased to announce the ratification of a collective bargaining agreement with SEIU Healthcare 1199NW that extends the  contract through March 31, 2016.  The contract with BHR, the region’s largest mental health services provider, covers the clinical staff providing mental health and chemical dependency services to nearly 11,000 people in Thurston, Mason and Grays Harbor counties.

In addition, in June 2014, BHR negotiated a new agreement with a new labor contract with OPEIU (Office Professional Employee International Union) that extends through December 31, 2016. With these extended agreements BHR will continue to focus upon successfully rebuilding its financial footing.

“Our team and the community have really come together over the past year to improve BHR’s financial status”, says BHR Chief Executive Officer, John P. Masterson. “A significant factor has been the increased utilization of our Electronic Health Record in revenue management, billing, and collections and the improvement in outpatient productivity which contributed to our progress. In November 2013, productivity performance across all three counties was 71% of the target. In November 2014, our staff performance was 90% of the target. This, combined with improved efficiency and increased community involvement, showcases how important community mental health is in our region.”

BHR opened its doors in 1956 and their now approximate 280 employees provide mental health and chemical dependency treatment to nearly 11,000 primarily Medicaid eligible clients in Thurston, Mason and Grays Harbor Counties. Through programs that help individuals in a variety of settings including residential, school based, crisis intervention, superior and family court, transitional case management, pregnant & parenting women, adult intensive outpatient treatment and core outpatient services for adults, families and children, BHR maintains one of the widest panels of services in the State of Washington.