Mary O'Brien, Member
Since 1986 Mary O'Brien has been Clinical Services Manager for Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic-Behavioral Health Services (BHS). She also is a licensed Mental Health Counselor who specialized in treating children and Hispanics.
BHS is one of three licensed mental health centers in Yakima County. The agency specializes in children and family counseling services which included therapeutic foster care programs and evidences based practices for special populations. During the first 6 years with YVFWC Ms O'Brien worked as mental health therapist/supervisor of School-Base Day Treatment that served up to 5 school districts. In this role she had substantial experiences with migrant/farm workers children and parent who had various treatment needs.
Currently the Ms O'Brien is responsible for organizing and managing daily services to ensure that mental health needs of population served by YVFWC are met. She chairs the Mental Health Advisory Group For Children Village in Yakima, Multi-Cultural Competency Committee (Region Support Network), Ethnic Minority Advisory Committee ( WA Mental Heath Division) . She's also on the boards of the Dispute Resolution Center (Yakima and Kittitas) and National Association of Mental Ill.
Ms O'Brien is bilingual and bicultural, and grew up in a farm worker family that migrated from Texas to the Yakima Valley in the late 1950's. She attended Yakima Valley Community College and Eastern Washington University where she received Bachelors and Masters degrees in social work.