Yakima Neighborhood Health Services

Inactive for the 2018-2019 internship year

As an Affiliate Member site of the Cascades Region, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services will not match directly with interns, but will work in collaboration with other sites within the consortium for the training year. Interns may be assigned to this location as a part of their rotation with another member site.

Internship positions available: 0

Yakima Neighborhood Health Services (YNHS) is a Community Health Center in Central Washington State. Yakima is a metropolitan community, rich in culture and, for a health professional, rich in opportunities to make a difference in people’s lives. YNHS serves mostly low income and disadvantaged individuals and families, though everyone in our community is welcome. As a Community Health Center, we are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, at least half of whom are users of our services. This model of governance keeps us focused on the needs of our patients and the community.

YNHS also has a special focus to serve the homeless, and residents in public housing of Yakima County. We have several satellite clinics, targeted outreach services, medical respite care, and housing programs to help homeless individuals and families work toward self-sufficiency in our community. We also provide housing, medical respite care, and support services for about 70 homeless households in Yakima County. We have six sites providing primary medical/behavioral health care, and three of them currently offer dental services. We also serve a significant number of migrant and seasonal farm workers, most of whom are Mexican-Americans working in our very agricultural communities in the Yakima Valley.

We are looking for providers who are mission-oriented, and wanting to work with a multi-disciplined health team to get patients the care they need. Our team includes pharmacists, behavioral health counselors, public health nurses, nutritionists, outreach workers, housing specialists, case managers, access (eligibility) specialists, dentists, dental hygienists, and a cadre of support staff. Together, our goal is to create a quality comprehensive system of care that is simple for our patients to navigate. Our counselors practice primary care brief therapy, using models of Trauma Informed Care and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is a fast paced environment, both in the clinic and on the streets, and requires a great deal of flexibility, compassion, and creativity.

YNHS is a member of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment program.

Our Mission

The mission of Yakima Neighborhood Health Services is to provide affordable, accessible, quality health care, provide learning opportunities for students of health professions, end homelessness and improve quality of life in our communities.

Our Supervisors

Site Training Director

Steven Olmer, Psy.D.

Dr. Olmer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is the Site Training Director for Yakima Neighborhood Health Services. Dr. Olmer is a 2014 graduate of The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute He spent his internship and residency in Community Mental Health Centers, with an emphasis on psychological testing and individual/group/family therapy. His Theoretical Orientation is Family Systems; CBT; Solution Focused, and he has research interest in how medical conditions impact family relationships, and psychological assessments/testing relevant for primary care.

Primary Supervisors

*Yakima Neighborhood Health Services are currently in the process of hiring psychologists to be supervisors at the site.

Laurie Jones, M.A.

Ms. Jones is a masters level therapist with 20 years of experience. She earned her degree at Seattle Pacific University in 1988, and since 2011 has served as the Director of Behavioral Health Services at Yakima Neighborhood Health Services. She specializes in helping people see the changes they want to make and assisting them in taking the steps to make those changes.

Training Opportunities

Yakima Neighborhood Health Services has a commitment to quality, and team-centered care. We are accredited by the Joint Commission, and are the first Community Health Center in Washington State to be recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home by the National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA). We have a robust integrated Electronic Health Record system, which brings together medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, outreach, housing services and public health information. Our providers and support staff are accustomed to working with students. We have student rotations from several programs in the Northwest and have positive feedback from all of them. Computers and internet access are available at the site, and staff work in “pods” during clinical sessions. We also have several meeting rooms for training and conference purposes.

Example Training Opportunities:

  • Individual Child Therapy
  • Individual Adolescent Therapy
  • Individual Adult Therapy
  • Marital Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Consultation with other Professionals
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Substance Abuse / Addictions Treatment
  • ADHD Evaluation
  • Psychiatric Assessment
  • Bariatric preparation
  • Gender transition preparation
  • Disability recommendation
Intern Selection Process

Our intern selection process is very similar to our interview process for employment. We have a team (which includes the CEO, COO, CMO, and BH Director) who interviews candidates. As described, we are looking for candidates who can work with diverse and sometimes difficult populations, in a fast-paced environment. Candidates should be interested in working with interdisciplinary teams, and must be non-judgmental.