We are delighted to welcome our new Behavioral Health Consultant, Erika
Ritchie Parrish! Erika will be serving our patients at our Wahluke Clinic!
She was born and raised in Grant County, but has lived in many different
places, including Ecuador. “I stayed in Ecuador for a year with
my mom, and this is where I learned and perfected my Spanish,” says Erika.
After recovering from mental health issues as a child, she knew that it
would be a great tool to help others recover. “Having a Hispanic
background, I saw that there weren’t any open conversations that
helped me feel like what I was going through was normal.”
She wants to change the conversation and the stigma around mental health
in her culture, and let her patients know that they are not alone.
Erika received a bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University,
then completed her masters in Social Work at the University of Southern
She has worked in many different areas of social work including substance
abuse, domestic violence, Child Protection Services and youth homelessness.
“I am excited to be with CBHA. Along with the warm and welcoming
environment, CBHA provides care for underserved communities and it excites
me to be able to help those that are struggling with mental health.”
On her spare time, Erika likes to spend time with family, watch her son
play basketball and travel. She is also a volunteer for the state board
testing for new peer support specialists.
“I am here to provide you with the support that you need, and to
remind you that you are not alone. I can’t wait to meet you and
I’m looking forward to serving the community in every way that I
Erika is fluent in Spanish and is ready to help you learn more about mental
health. If you or someone you know, is struggling with mental health,
make an appointment with Erika today! Call/Text 509.488.5256