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Substance Abuse
Treatment Services

Services Provided by Local Treatment Agencies

Whatcom County provides funding for the following services:

  • ADATSA Assessment (Alcohol & Drug Abuse Treatment & Support Act)
    Substance Abuse assessment services following a DSHS referral for inpatient treatment
  • ADATSA Outpatient Services (Alcohol & Drug Abuse Treatment & Support Act)
    Outpatient services provided after inpatient treatment to support individuals in recovery from alcoholism or other drug addictions and assist them with becoming employable.
  • Adult Outpatient Services
    A full range of outpatient services is provided from pre-treatment to intensive outpatient to continuing care. Services are provided following a thorough assessment during which a determination is made about eligibility for low-income services. Medical coupons are accepted for some services. Other Adult Services are offered to substance abusing people with caseworkers at Division of Children & Family Services (DCFS), people on TANF through the Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS), and court referrals for DUI's.
  • Pregnant & Parenting Services
    A full range of outpatient services as described in Adult Outpatient Services is provided to specifically address the needs of pregnant women and parents who have children under the age of 18 (or under the age of 20 if the child is enrolled in school. Some of these women are served in the county jail.
  • Childcare Services
    Licensed childcare is provided "off-site" for women who need to attend treatment.
  • Co-occurring Disorder Services (COD)
    Outpatient services are provided for persons who have SSI or who have a substance disorder and a diagnosed co-occurring mental health disorder.
  • Youth Outpatient Services
    A full range of outpatient services including assessment, groups and individual counseling is available for qualified low income youth and those with medical coupons.
  • Detoxification
    Sub-acute social detox services are provided for all chemically dependent persons. Specialized services are available for IV drug users.
  • Alcohol Protective Custody
    Persons who are intoxicated and unwilling to cooperate (violent or dangerous), and have a BAC (blood alcohol content) below .40 or a history of stable withdrawal at higher levels may be placed in the Whatcom County Public Health Safety Building where they will be monitored for up to 8 hours to ensure individual and/or public safety.
  • Offender Outreach Services
    Substance abuse treatment services are provided to people in the Work Release Program and in the main jai.

Some city and county funds also support detox.