Services Provided by Local Treatment
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
- 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.
Sub-acute social detox services are provided for all chemically
dependent persons. Specialized services are available for IV
- 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.