Latest Updates from Heart to Heart

Inaugural Staff Retreat Held on June 17, 2021

Agency staff met in mid-June at our inaugural staff retreat, and it was a great time! Some of the staff members met for the first time in person—that’s what happens when you hire eight people in a pandemic! We did a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis of our work, and began a months long shared visioning exercise that will be presented at the end of the year.

We began the retreat by acknowledging the incredible job performed by the staff to keep safe medically fragile clients, clients just entering recovery for addiction, juggling harm reduction and field-based case management services in an ever-changing and dangerous environment. Much of the staff’s work is under appreciated, so it was renewing to celebrate and affirm each other.

by Everett Maroon June 24, 2021

Buprenorphine Waiver Training Set for April 17, 2021

We are proud to support another DEA Waiver training for MAT/OBOT to prescribe Suboxone/buprenorphine, taught by Dr. Eric Olson from AAAP. This training is required for MDs, DOs, ARNPs, and PAs to receive their “X” waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for patients with opioid use disorder. For more information, please see the event page:

by Everett Maroon March 26, 2021

Board of Directors Approves New Strategic Plan

In December 2020, the Board of Directors approved a new strategic plan to expand on the work of BMHTH over the last six years and further our programming over the next 1-5 years. You can read the whole strategic plan soon on this site. Highlights include:

  • Diversifying Board membership, instituting a new recruitment strategy, and increasing geographic representation
  • Aligning our service strategy more to regional service gaps
  • Creating a new Center for Rural Responses to Substance Use
  • Growing our capacity by hiring a development director and opening our first capital campaign

by Everett Maroon February 5, 2021

Vaccination Program Begins in Walla Walla

The Syringe Services Program (SSP) at 1520 Kelly Place will begin offering tetanus, shingles, and hepatitis A vaccinations for program participants on Monday, September 28, 2020. This SSP site will also conduct COVID-19 testing for clients who are concerned about having contracted the virus, or who have symptoms and request a test. The vaccine and testing program are possible using supplies from the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health. We are grateful for their partnership. For more details, see the Union-Bulletin article on this critical new program.

by Everett Maroon September 27, 2020

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