By Emalee Gillis, NAMI Spokane Blog Editor.

Inland Northwest Behavioral Health (INBH) opened in the fall of 2018 and serves the greater Spokane, Washington community with comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment and support in a secure, stable, therapeutic, and thoughtfully designed setting.  The inpatient facility is open 24/7, with 100 inpatient psychiatric beds (25 beds for teens (13 to 17 years old), and 75 beds for adults). INBH recently hit a high point in its journey to reach capacity. Inland Northwest Behavioral Health is committed to its mission of providing high-quality, compassionate, outcomes-oriented psychiatric care to the thousands of persons each year they are privileged to serve.

INBH treats an entire range of mental health conditions including mood disorders like anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder as well as diagnoses like schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. A variety of therapy services such as music and recreational therapy are provided throughout the course of treatment. INBH utilizes both medication management and psychotherapy programs, per individual need. Patients are offered group and milieu therapy in a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities. Patients also receive psychopharmacology under the care of a physician, who leads a multidisciplinary team of highly trained clinicians. Inpatient hospitalization is always short-term and designed to quickly stabilize the most serious symptoms to allow a quick transition to less intensive levels of care.

“We want to be the provider of choice for mental health care,” said Jamie Valdez, the Director of Business Development at INBH. “We have an amazing staff of psychiatrists, nurses, ARNP’s, and social workers. We want people to understand that they can walk into our facility without a referral if they need emergency mental health care.”

Inland Northwest Behavioral Health Hospital is located at 104 West Fifth Avenue in Spokane. Walk-ins are welcome and can receive a no-cost assessment. For more information, call 509-992-1888 or visit the INBH website. Your privacy is respected and all information discussed is held in the strictest confidence.

In November 2023, Inland Northwest Behavioral Health expanded to a new location to increase access to Mental Health Therapy Programs for both teens and adults. Branches Spokane, a service of Inland Northwest Behavioral Health, is located in the Rock Pointe East Building at 1313 North Atlantic Street, Suite 4700 and provides outpatient mental health therapy services.

Branches Spokane specializes in Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Therapy Programs, which support, through a group therapy model, individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, PTSD, suicidal thoughts, social phobias, gender dysphoria, and/or bullying. Individuals in the IOP program focus on modules consisting of mindfulness, emotional regulation, stress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Branches Spokane also provides medication management to its patients in their programs. The therapy programs are available to teens (13-17) and adults (18+) in-person, virtually, or in a hybrid setting.

The IOP program meets three days per week, for three hours and is typically a three-month program. To schedule a no-cost assessment for Branches Spokane call (509) 934-4070. Group times vary throughout the day and are also available via zoom.

“Our goal is to continue working to shape the future of behavioral and mental healthcare,” said Valdez.

Jamie Valdez originally joined the INBH team in March 2019 as a Community Liaison. After serving another organization in 2023, Jamie Valdez rejoined the INBH team in January 2024 as the Director of Business Development. Jamie’s goal is to foster important and valuable relationships with other organizations in the community.

Emalee Gillis is a writer and blog editor. She is the author of the memoir Adventures on the Path to Living Well with a Mental Illness and has a related TEDx Talk.