Treatment Services

Services Provided by Local Treatment Agencies
Whatcom County provides funding for the following services
  • 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 and Family Services (DCFS), people on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) through the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), and court referrals for DUIs (driving under the influence charges).
  • Alcohol Protective Custody
    • Persons who are intoxicated and unwilling to cooperate (violent or dangerous), and have a BAC (blood alcohol content) below 0.40 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.
  • 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 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or who have a substance disorder and a diagnosed co-occurring mental health disorder.
  • Detoxification
    • Sub-acute social detoxification services are provided for all chemically dependent persons. Specialized services are available for IV drug users.
  • Offender Outreach Services
    • Substance abuse treatment services are provided to people in the Work Release Program and in the main jail.
  • Pregnant and 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.
  • 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.
Some city and county funds also support detoxification.