Our Story

About Peninsula Behavioral Health

Although PBH started out small, today we see over 3,000 men, women, and children in a typical year. Our multi-disciplinary staff has grown to over 100 professionals who provide a range of innovative services to meet the needs of a diverse range of clients in east Clallam County. Our mental health and substance use disorder professionals include MDs, nurse practitioners (ARNPs), social workers, counselors, nurses, case managers, peers, and more.

From childhood trauma to schizophrenia to acute crises to episodic depression, PBH is the county’s primary nonprofit organization qualified to treat our residents who suffer with these illnesses.  PBH has earned a solid reputation for delivering a wide range of high-quality critical services.

Although we have always existed as a private, nonprofit community mental health center, Peninsula Behavioral Health has gone through several name changes to reflect both the expansion of our mission and a more sophisticated public perception of our role within the community. In 1972, the organization’s name was Peninsula Counseling Center, and in 1991 it was renamed Peninsula Community Mental Health Center. In 2012 we became Peninsula Behavioral Health.

PBH is primarily funded through a combination of State and Federal dollars (Medicaid funds). Our operational budget has swelled to over $9.5 million in 2018-2019, but this doesn’t meet our ongoing need to serve those residents who are underinsured or have no coverage at all. We are committed to growing supplementary funding sources because we do not believe that finances should be a barrier to accessing mental health treatment. 


1971 – Dr. Norm Peterson founded the agency in a building on Albert Street with seven fulltime employees and a budget of $100,000. It was a discrete and safe place to provide mental health and developmental disability treatment to our rural community.

Circa 1975 – The agency had grown to twelve fulltime employees. They moved across the street to a bigger building, and it was named Peninsula Counseling Center.

1980 – Norm Peterson stepped down as Executive Director and Don Zanon was hired to take his place.

1984 – Clallam County received state referendum funds to provide day treatment to adults with severe and mental illness. Horizon Center was built and Peninsula Behavioral Health created the drop-in center on Lincoln Street.

1987 – PBH opened an “Adolescent Transition House” on West 12th Street to provide short-term residence for emotionally disturbed girls in crisis.  “ATH” closed its doors in 1997 after DSHS discontinued funding.  Today, the residence is home to adult clients with significant mental health needs.

1988 – The Board approved purchasing a 19-bed licensed boarding home for adults with severe and persistent mental illness.  In 2011, the building was renamed the “Arlene Engel Home” in memory of the woman who, for decades, was a staunch advocate for individuals with mental illness.

1993 – PBH opened a facility in Sequim, originally named the “Community Resource Center”, but since 2012 it has been known simply as the Sequim Office of PBH.

1994 – The Board authorized renting a house on East Fourth Street in Port Angeles as the first of several supported living facilities for low income consumers with mental illness.

1995 – The agency was gifted a house on 16th Street to expand the Children’s Center.

2000 – The Board authorized purchasing the building at 118 E. Eighth Street, which is now the hub of the agency. In 2004-05 the ‘East Wing’ of the building was incorporated and the agency underwent a major re-model to expand from 14,000 to 26,000 square feet with room for 60+ offices. The renovation allowed enough space for the Children’s Department to eventually become a part of the main campus.

2004 – The Board approved purchasing property on W. Second Street and re-named it “Parrish House” in honor of the family who made its purchase possible.

2006 – Don Zanon retired as Executive Director, and Peter Casey was recruited from New Jersey to lead the agency.

2009 – The agency purchased the building at 112 E. Eighth Street, then occupied by the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store.

2012 – Peninsula Community Mental Health Center changed its name to Peninsula Behavioral Health and adopted the slogan, Helping People Grow and Change.

2014 – Approximately one-third of the 112 Building was renovated to accommodate the Clallam County Respite Center.

2016 – Peter Casey retired, and Wendy Sisk was promoted to Chief Executive Officer.

2018 – PBH welcomed Genoa Healthcare Pharmacy to our site for efficient monitoring and convenience for clients and staff. In addition, construction began on the remaining two-thirds of the 112 Building to make way for a separate Children’s Behavioral Health Center.

Our Mission

To provide quality comprehensive behavioral health services to the residents of our community.

Our Vision

To support the development of a healthy, caring and safe community while responding to its evolving needs.

Our Values

  • Integrity
  • Dignity
  • Quality
  • Collaboration

Board Officers:

  • Grant Munro
  • Marianne Ude
    Vice President
  • Jen Gouge
  • Roger Oakes
    Immediate Past President

Board Members:

  • David Arand
  • Dave Neupert
  • J. Richard Manning
  • Deb Reed