Therapeutic Health Services Programs
We provide substance abuse and mental illness intervention, treatment, prevention, outreach, and case management services to youth and young adults, with a special proficiency in serving high-risk, low-income, ethnic minority, multi-system involved, and "harder to serve" vulnerable youth and their families. We work with more people of all ages and backgrounds who are receiving public funding for their substance abuse and mental health treatment than any other provider in the area.
Alcohol and Drug Services
Addiction is America’s number one healthcare problem, but within every statistic there are real people who have lost the ability to lead healthy and productive lives. Our treatment programs are effective and help create the foundation for sustained, healthy rehabilitation. Services include assessment and evaluation; intensive outpatient treatment; individual, group and family counseling; addiction-focused co-occurring disorder treatment; medically assisted treatment; relapse prevention; vocational services; and information and referral.
Mental Health Services
Our supportive and understanding mental health staff deliver individual and group counseling to help manage chronic and short term mental health issues, cognitive problems and post traumatic stress disorders. Services include assessment and evaluation; individual, group and family counseling; medication management; case management; and advocacy and referral services.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
We have had great success with our programs for court-involved youth with substance abuse problems (for example, our Chance to Change program, Drug Court, and Keys To Success). Our staff is trained to engage the “toughest” youth (i.e., youth with repeated experience in treatment, those who “don’t like to be told what to do,” and those who challenge authority figures, boundaries and limits). More than half of the youth referred to our programs have some level of involvement with the criminal justice system.
Jerome was one such client- drug use had brought him to what he says was the lowest point in his life. Facing a prison term, he was given the choice to take part in Chance to Change, a THS program for young adults involved with King County Drug Court. Rather than automatically sentencing young drug offenders to prison, Drug Court gives them a chance to get treatment and live productive, healthy lives. Thanks to the treatment that Jerome received through Chance to Change, he is now working towards a career as a registered nurse and is enjoying a happy life with his fiancé and son.
An ongoing critical need is funding for our Youth Mental Health Services. We know from experience that the kids we serve are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system. Our Youth Mental Health Program has a large proportion of clients who are vulnerable youth and young adults of color, have absentee parents, come from a lower socioeconomic level, and have lower levels of education.