CHCW’s Connect Program and CWFM Adds to its Behavioral Health Team
YAKIMA, WA – The Connect Program and Central Washington Family Medicine (CWFM), a service of Community Health of Central Washington (CHCW), are pleased to announce that it has added Michael Murray, PsyD, LMFT, to its behavioral health team as the organization’s new behavioral health consultant.
Dr. Murray holds a doctoral degree in psychology from California Southern University, Irvine, CA; and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from California State University, Fullerton, CA. He has over 20 years of behavioral health experience, including supervisor experience in the field. Most recently, Dr. Murray was a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Contractor) for Health Group Psychological Services in Fullerton, CA, and Clinical Supervisor for Helpline Youth Counseling, Inc. in Whittier, CA. In addition, he holds a certification as a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) from NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals.
Dr. Murray is responsible for addressing behavioral aspects of health through collaboration with the medical team and direct patient services for CHCW’s Connect Program and its CWFM clinic. This includes developing specific behavior change plans for patients and behavioral health protocols for target populations, as well as providing recommendations for addressing things such as stress management and emotional health that impact patient health and quality of life. He serves as part of the primary care treatment team which identifies, triages, and manages patients with medical and behavioral health problems within the primary care setting.
“We are excited to grow our behavioral healthcare services to better address the needs of individuals being seen in our clinical settings,” says Mike Maples, MD, CEO, Community Health of Central WA. “Michael’s experience, especially in supervisory roles, will assist our continued growth trajectory.”
About Connect Program
Connect is the newest program under the Community Health of Central WA’s family of service’s umbrella. Created with help from a federal grant from the Health Resources Services Administration’s Substance Abuse Service Expansion program, the Connect program aims to expand access to medication-based assisted treatment (MAT) to increase medical treatment options for substance abuse patients as well as, making prescriptions safer and resources readily available to patients who experience persistent pain and those with substance use disorders. MAT is a comprehensive approach that combines the use of medication and behavioral health strategies to support the patient working on this complex issue.
About Community Health of Central Washington
Community Health of Central Washington (CHCW) is a nonprofit organization providing high quality, affordable primary health care, dental and mental health services to area residents. CHCW provides services to more than 25,000 people annually through six locations, without regard to income and ability to pay. Headquartered in Yakima, CHCW centrally provides supervision, technical support, fiscal services, planning and human resources for the following sites and services: Central Washington Family Medicine, Central Washington Family Residency Program, Senior and Residential Care (SRCare), Senior Smiles, Yakima Pediatrics, Community Health of Central Washington – Ellensburg, Ellensburg Dental Clinic, Naches Medical Clinic, and Highland Clinic. For more information, visit www.chcw.org.