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Access is an outpatient behavioral health clinic. We serve people of all communities and currently offer two locations in Boise and in Nampa. Our desire is to help improve the quality of daily life for our clients.

Access Behavioral Health Services is a for profit agency that serves the public without regard to race, creed, age, national origin, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status or inability to pay. The owners have been in the field of human services for a combined 30+ years. At Access we pride ourselves on providing best-practice client-centered services.

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We value our employees as they are the most important resource. Our employees are highly trained, supervised, and receive ongoing levels of support during their employment. We hire people from a wide range of backgrounds to meet the individualized needs of our patients. We are always seeking out new dynamic individuals to add to our treatment team. We strive to make Access Behavioral Health Services a welcoming place to work and we believe that is reflected in our employees attitudes towards their work.


Ray Ward

LCPC ABHS Boise and NampaMental Health Clinic
Work Phone: 208-338-4699
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Biographical Info

Although he was born in California, Ray has lived most of his life in Idaho and has strong family ties to the Magic Valley area of the state. In addition to the Gem State, Ray has lived in Texas, Colorado, and Utah. Ray is an avid outdoorsman and loves camping, hiking, backpacking, and outdoor photography. Ray is a self-professed “geek” who enjoys video games, graphic novels, collectable toys, anything to do with outer space, and is our resident go-to source for anything related to the Star Wars universe.
Ray joined the Access team in 2012 as a psycho-social rehabilitation specialist and completed his counseling internship here in our clinical department. He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. Prior to obtaining his degree, Ray spent a little over ten years working with at-risk teenagers. Five of those years he spent working in residential treatment facilities for juvenile sex offenders and another five years working as a supervisor and juvenile detention officer for Twin Falls County.
Ray uses an integrated approach for working with his clients; relying on a client-centered focus for building rapport and Cognitive Behavior Therapy as his primary modality for addressing client concerns and symptom management. He is comfortable with clients between the ages of 12-70. Ray finds his approach suitable for most mental health concerns and he strongly supports the concept of helping people find real-life solutions for here-and-now issues. Ray is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC), and the Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association. (IMHCA).

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