Okanogan County Perinatal SERVICES

OKANOGAN COUNTY DEMOGRAPHICS

Okanogan County is the largest county based on the land area in Washington, and the southeastern quarter includes the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Bridgeport, an agricultural community, is the second largest community in Douglas County. 60% of residents in our communities live in unincorporated areas. Our communities experience high rates of poverty, child abuse and neglect, suicide, teen pregnancy, and incarceration at State prisons. Okanogan County youth are more likely to have experienced ACES than their peers Statewide.

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OKANOGAN COUNTY TASK FORCE MEETINGS FOR 2023-2024

  • August 10, 2023 at 12:00 pm
  • November 9, 2023 at 12:00 pm
  • February 8, 2024 at 12:00 pm
  • May 9, 2024 at 12:00 pm

Learn more by visiting https://occda.net/

OKANOGAN COUNTY PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH TASK FORCE

Okanogan County Child Development Association (OCCDA) is the recipient of the Perinatal Mental Health Initiative (PMHI) Grant. The PMHI is a partnership between local grant funded organizations, Perinatal Support Washington, and the funder Strengthening Families Washington, a program within the Department of Children, Youth & Families. The PMHI focuses on perinatal mental health capacity building for local communities aimed at increasing awareness of perinatal mental health disorders amongst providers and families, increasing perinatal mental health screening and appropriate referrals, and creating easy pathways for families to access the care they need. Currently, there are 11 funded communities in Washington state.  OCCDA was first funded through the PMHI in July 2022 and thee project will end in June 2023.

Okanogan County Child Development Association (OCCDA) has been a provider of Early Learning Services for 40 years providing Head Start, Early Head Start, Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), and Rural Home Visiting Services. OCCDA is also an affiliate of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. With touches on nearly 1500 families a year in Okanogan County and Bridgeport, OCCDA believes expanding perinatal mental health awareness and services can help us serve our mission to change the lives of children and families.

Several community partners engage in our task force, including, but not limited to representatives from Family Health Centers, Tribal Head Start, Public Health, WIC, Confluence Health, and OCCDA staff.

CURRENT GOALS FOR OKANOGAN COUNTY INCLUDE:

  • Expanding our resource directory to increase community awareness of available resources
  • Expanding our peer support group options to increase access throughout the community
  • Increasing task force participation and engagement

GET INVOLVED

CONTACTS:  Lisa Apple and Jodi DeCesari

Okanogan County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force
Meets quarterly

MEETING DATES:  June 8, 2023 at 12:00 pm

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LOCAL PROJECTS

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UPCOMING OKANOGAN COUNTY SUPPORT GROUPS

We Are Where You Are

May 27 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

We Are Where You Are: A Virtual Parent Support Group A place to listen and learn from the experience of others, to realize we are not alone, and that others…

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Coffee & Cradleboards

June 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
OCCDA Fiscal/HR Office

Group Peer Support It is a place to listen and learn from the experience of others, to realize that we are not alone, and that others understand what we are…

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We Are Where You Are

June 10 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

We Are Where You Are: A Virtual Parent Support Group A place to listen and learn from the experience of others, to realize we are not alone, and that others…

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Not What I Was Expecting

June 12 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Community Covenant Church

Trauma-informed Group Peer Support (GPS) can help with symptoms of anxiety, depression, and feelings of isolation from pregnancy through the second year postpartum. If you are a mom who is…

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OKANOGAN COUNTY TRAININGS & EVENTS

If there are no local trainings listed at this time, please visit our Washington State Provider Trainings page.