Whatcom Counseling & Psychiatric Clinic Chooses New Executive Director 10/21/12

Jan Bodily, Chief Executive Officer of Four Corners Community Behavioral Health in Price, Utah, has been appointed Executive Director of Whatcom Counseling & Psychiatric Clinic. Bodily, who holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, has more than 18 years experience leading mental health service agencies in Utah. She replaces Whatcom Counseling Executive Director Dean T. Wight, who is retiring in January.

“Jan Bodily has a reputation as a collaborator and innovative leader within the state of Utah,” said David Kleiber, president of Whatcom Counseling’s Board of Directors, which conducted a nationwide search for a new executive director. “Whatcom Counseling is fortunate to have secured the services of such a highly qualified individual to carry forward its mission: to provide accessible, quality behavioral healthcare to Whatcom County residents.”

As CEO of Four Corners Behavioral Mental Health, Bodily led an agency that provides mental health services to three counties in Eastern Utah. Prior to that she served for three years as clinical director of the Utah Alcoholism Foundation’s House of Hope in Salt Lake City. She was owner of Personal Abuse Solutions & Treatment (PAST), a residential and outpatient treatment program in West Valley, Utah. Earlier in her career, she directed a psychiatric inpatient unit at West Valley Hospital and periodically maintained a private behavioral health practice.

“I am honored by the invitation to become executive director of Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic,” Bodily said. “Promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders and achieving victory over mental illness has been a lifelong passion. I consider it a privilege to be part of the healing profession. This is a noteworthy time in behavioral health and I am excited by the challenges and opportunities ahead. I look forward to joining such a quality organization and a dedicated and successful team, bringing my experience, passion and commitment as we continue to foster resiliency and recovery for members of our community.”

Kleiber expressed the board’s gratitude to Executive Director Dean T. Wight. Under Wight’s guidance, Whatcom Counseling has extended its reach into the community, added new chemical dependency and substance abuse services and has been an active partner in local efforts at health care reform.

“Dean’s vigor, vision and expertise have made a real difference for Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic and for the community as a whole,” Kleiber said. “We very much appreciate his efforts and wish him all the best.”

About Whatcom Counseling & Psychiatric Clinic

Whatcom Counseling & Psychiatric Clinic has provided mental health counseling, substance abuse, crisis outreach and respite services to Whatcom County residents for more than 50 years. A not-for-profit community mental health organization that administers state and federal mental health programs, the clinic has provided assistance to thousands of residents. Fully licensed by the state of Washington, it offers the latest mental health care treatment options combined with highly skilled, professional clinicians.

The clinic is a founding member of the Whatcom Accountable Care Organization and is a United Way partner agency.

In addition to the main clinic at 3645 E. McLeod Road, Whatcom Counseling & Psychiatric Clinic also provides drug, alcohol, chemical and substance abuse counseling at Westcoast Counseling & Treatment Center, 1200 Dupont Street – Suite 1A, in Bellingham. Its Rainbow Recovery Center, at 209 W. Holly Street, provides mental health recovery support and peer counseling to the chronically mentally ill, many of whom are homeless.  The Emergency Services program is housed at 2030 Division Street as part of the Whatcom County Behavioral Health Triage Center.

Founded in 1957 with a staff of three, the clinic has grown over the years to employ more than 110 people. Services include individual and group therapy; intensive outpatient, community support and care management; medication prescription and monitoring, and specialized treatment services for the elderly, children and families. The clinic also offers emergency services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to anyone in Whatcom County experiencing a mental health crisis.

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For mental health counseling, call Whatcom Counseling & Psychiatric Clinic at (360) 676-2220 or e-mail, or simply go the main clinic at 3645 E. McLeod. Whatcom Counseling offers limited walk-in mental health evaluations, call ahead for times and days.

Whatcom Counseling also offers drug, alcohol, chemical or substance abuse services, call for an appointment.


If you fear for your safety or the safety of others, call 911.

If you are in crisis and need to talk to someone right away, call the Crisis Line:
TTY 1-425-339-3301


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