comprehensive health care; Serving Yakima for 50 years!


50 years of helping people in Yakima. That’s what Yakima’s Comprehensive Healthcare is celebrating this month. Ron Gengler, the clinical director, says a big issue right now is how to get more people to access mental health care in the county.

A lot of progress has been made in how people talk about mental health

He says that over the past 50 years there has been a lot of progress in how people talk about mental health and addiction. Major advances have also been made in medication and treatment, but access to mental health care remains a major barrier. Gengler says many mental health counselors are overwhelmed and some patients struggle to find the help they need.

Global is hiring! They are looking for people who want to help others

The reason he says they hope to find more people to work at Comprehensive Healthcare. Maybe you’ve been through mental or drug issues and want to help others. Check the information about comphc.org.

January is a special month to recognize a big problem in Yakima

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and Gengler says it happens here in Yakima every day. He says the instability caused by things like the pandemic can increase opportunities for traffickers to exploit people. According to a press release, a person could be in a situation of trafficking or labor exploitation if you learn that they:

* Feel pressured by their employer to stay in a job or situation they want to leave

* Owing money to an employer or recruiter and/or not being paid what was promised or due

* Do not have control of their passport or other identity documents

* Live and work in isolated conditions, largely cut off from any interaction with others or support systems

* Appear to be watched by another person when talking or interacting with others

* Live in unsafe, overcrowded, or inhumane conditions provided by an employer

* Are threatened by their boss with expulsion or other harm

* Work in dangerous conditions, without proper safety equipment, training, adequate breaks and other protections

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