Collaborative Corner

Farewell, but not Goodbye. A letter from Our Executive Director, Haley Lowe

October 19, 2018

After almost two exceptional years as Executive Director of the Behavioral Health Workforce Collaborative, my position will come to an end effective October 31, 2018.  The ED position was almost fully funded by the contract to support the roll out of Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe) and the Collaborative completed this work on July 31, 2018. Without reservation, I have genuinely valued my time working with the Collaborative staff, the Steering Committee, the WSU Vancouver team, and many amazing contract trainers and interns. I am a stronger leader because of the growth and work we accomplished as a team.

During this time of transition, Stephanie Lane will take the lead as the Director of the newly named Peer Workforce Alliance.  Stephanie, along with Patrick Maloy, our Operations Manager, make an incredible duo, capable of continuing the vision to promote peer workforce development across the state. With great enthusiasm, a strong work ethic and many years of experience working in behavioral health, Stephanie and Patrick will help ensure that the organization continues to meet the growing need for peer workforce development and training.

My time at the Collaborative has been an incredible experience. I have had the opportunity to witness the positive impact the organization has on the communities we serve. As we wrapped up our WISe workforce development contract, I thought about the wide reach this important intervention is having on youth and families in need of services.  As of today, WISe is now available in all counties across the state. I am grateful that I was among a dedicated team of people that made that happen.  

As we completed our last Youth and Family Certified Peer Counselor training in July we had final count of over 600 Certified Peer Counselors that completed our 5-day training.  With over 600 dedicated youth and family peer counselors trained, I have no doubt that the work we completed is making a difference in the lives of youth and families we serve.

I have had the privilege to watch youth peers from across the state realize their leadership potential through their participation in the two-day Youth Professional Leadership training led by the talented Lorrin Gehring, YouthSound Director and Andrea Parrish, one of our lead contract trainers.  Being in a room with 20-30 youth leaders is an unforgettable experience, and gives me such great hope for the future of the behavioral health field.

While I still don’t know what’s next for me, I intend to maintain my roots in supporting youth and families access the services they need to better their lives. I welcome an ongoing connection with each of you and I’m sure our paths will continue to cross, for now, you can connect with me on LinkedIn.

All the best,