Parkside Names Mental Health Care Program Director


WENATCHEE, Wa.-Construction work is nearing completion on the new Parkside Mental Health Residential Treatment and Crisis Stabilization Center in Wenatchee. Officials have also hired a local psychologist as the new program director. Steve Hair reports . . .

The new facility is located in the remodeled Parkside Nursing Home on the south side of town. Facility operator, American Behavioral Health Systems, has announced the hiring of Dr Julie Rickard, a licensed psychologist, as program director.

Dr. Rickard Founded Suicide Prevention Coalition of NCW

Dr. Rickard graduated from Washington State University in 2004 and is most well known throughout the Northwest region for the Primary Care Behavioral Health model of integrating psychologists into medical settings, coaching physicians, suicide prevention, and is a highly sought-after speaker on a variety of topics. She founded the Suicide Prevention Coalition of North Central Washington in 2012 due to the rise in local suicides. She has continued to direct SPCNCW and trained 1300 health professionals in suicide prevention assessment and treatment over the past 2 years.

The coalition has been successful at reducing the local suicide rate and raising awareness and skill level for providers managing these ongoing patients. She continues to push all health agencies to focus on reducing suicide risk through evidenced based practice and screening. We are excited for Dr. Rickard to lead Parkside as she remains involved in her passion as Parkside will be a primary stop for people in crisis that need immediate assistance and some time away to get stable again. We are confident with her leadership abilities, program development skills and her willingness to collaborate with local agencies, this endeavor will be a success.

Employment Opportunities

ABHS is currently looking to fill all positions within the facility over the next month which include the following positions to assist Dr. Rickard in running a successful program.

  • Mental Health Professional (Licensed & Associate Level)
  • ARNP
  • RN
  • LPN
  • Behavioral Health Technicians/CNA
  • Cooks
  • Maintenance
  • Housekeeping/Laundry
  • Van Driver
  • Receptionist

If you are interested in applying for any of these positions, please submit resumes to