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What is Columbia Community Mental Health?

Columbia Community Mental Health (CCMH) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide excellent services to families in need of mental health, addiction and developmental disabilities services throughout Columbia County.

Columbia Community Mental Health was founded in 1975 when Columbia County turned over the responsibility to our non-profit organization, to provide services to the county's citizens in need of mental health, addiction and developmentally disabled services. Over the years, we have grown and evolved in ways to stay relevant to our purpose and in support of our community.

During fiscal year 2010-11, approximately 3,386 individuals and families received outpatient services from Columbia Community Mental Health. The majority of clients are seen in our outpatient treatment facilities in St. Helens, Oregon; however, we also have satellite offices located in Vernonia, Clatskanie, and Scappoose. Six residential facilities and professional adolescent foster homes are located in St. Helens. Skills training and case management for children, adults and families are provided in client's homes throughout Columbia County. CCMH is the only non-profit mental healthcare organization in Columbia County.

There are approximately 150 employees of which 23 provide administrative services for the organization. The core budget is $9 million. Additionally, $6 million is contracted to agencies that provide housing and a shelter workshop for persons with developmental disabilities.

Psychatric Rehabilitation

Developmental Disabilities

What is our Background for providing care?

The population of St. Helens has grown approximately 33% in the past ten years, and city officials believe this rate of growth will continue or increase in the future. However, the local economy is weak with one of Oregon's highest unemployment rates. “The Chronicle” newspaper stated on July 21, 2004, that the unemployment rate is 9.2% while the state averages is 6.9% and the nation 5.8%. Columbia County has had one of the highest unemployment rates in Oregon over the past two years reaching double-digit numbers for 17 months in a row.

The high population growth rate, coupled with unemployment and poverty, separates people from health benefits. These factors have increased the obligation of CCMH to serve those with low income and no insurance. Approximately, 85% of the clients we see meet the federal poverty guidelines. The county's rural nature and lack of an acute care hospital or emergency department has also accelerated the need for crisis services.

The U.S. Surgeon General states that the majority of US citizens with mental health disorders go untreated, especially in rural America. The review found CCMH to be capable of assuming the financial obligation associated with the USDA loan.

During the spring of 2002, after evaluating the costs, risks and benefits, the Board determined the best course was to construct a new facility. The decision was based upon the organization's capability to improve efficiency, stabilize the cost of operation and manage future growth

Office Locations

  • Creekside Center

  • 58646 McNulty Way
  • St Helens OR 97051
  • Phone: 503-397-5211
  • Fax: 503-438-2196
  • Cornerstone

  • 271 Columbia Blvd.
  • St Helens OR 97051
  • Phone: 503-397-0391
  • Fax: 503-366-1067
  • Alternatives

  • 105 S 3rd Street
  • St Helens OR 97051
  • Phone: 503-397-6900
  • Pathways

  • 185 N 4th Street
  • St Helens Or 97051
  • Phone: 503-366-4540
  • Scappoose

  • 33555 E Columbia Ave. Ste. 116
  • Scappoose OR 97056
  • Phone: 503-543-2551
  • Clatskanie

  • 28 South Nehalem St.
  • P.O. Box 96
  • Clatskanie, OR 97016
  • Phone: 503 438 2197
  • Fax: 503-728-3590
  • Vernonia

  • 1005 Cougar St
  • Vernonia, OR 97064
  • Phone: 503-438-2197
  • Fax: 503-429-3423

This facility is a member of the National Health Service Corps

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    We Promise To:
  • Serve all patients
  • Offer discounted fees for patients who qualify
  • Not deny services based on a person’s: Race, Color, Sex, National Origin, Disability, Religion, Inability To Pay, or Sexual Orientation
  • Accept insurance, including: Medicaid, Medicare, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

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