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Southwest Washington Accountable Community of Health wins funding for rural communities

By , Columbian staff writer

Southwest Washington Accountable Community of Health, and eight other Washington Accountable Communities of Health, have received $2 million from Cambia Health Solutions to address mental and behavioral health needs in rural communities that have been exacerbated by COVID-19.

SWACH’s award is $245,000.

SWACH plans to invest its portion of the funds in the K-Link Rural Behavioral Health Project, which has a goal of improving the local capacity and ability to access behavioral health services in rural Klickitat and Skamania counties, according to a press release.

K-Link will launch a local advisory group that includes behavioral health providers and other community stakeholders in Klickitat and Skamania counties.

The advisory group will develop a plan to increase mental health first aid and stigma reduction efforts and will address issues of multilingual and isolated community access.

The project will also identify and address behavioral health needs, gaps and resources in the region.

“Cambia’s support will help the ACHs address the behavioral health crisis in rural Washington,” said Barbe West, executive director of SWACH.

Columbian staff writer

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