Community Support Services
Our team of compassionate professionals includes mental health case managers, peer support specialists, and chemical dependency professionals. Each of our staff holds a professional credential issued by the Washington State Department of Health. The CSS team helps clients reach their goals through coaching, advocacy and assistance in navigating community systems.
Case Managers provide a range of services on site and in the community to assist adults in attaining the goals established in their Individual Treatment Plans, including:
- Collaborate and coordinate with Crisis Intervention Team
- Coordinate services with other agencies and to assist clients in their health and human service needs, such as food, shelter, clothing and transportation.
- Teach skills such as problem solving, goal setting, symptom management, communication, social skills, and how to access community resources.
- Communicate with hospital personnel to facilitate discharge of clients and return to community.
- Coordinate care with psychiatric medication providers.
A Peer Support Specialist is a person who has progressed in their own recovery from alcohol or other drug abuse or mental health condition and is willing to self-identify as a peer and work to assist other individuals with chemical dependency or a mental disorder. Because of their life experience, peer support specialists have expertise that professional training cannot replicate. Tasks performed by peer support specialists may include:
- Assisting their peers in articulating their goals for recovery
- Learning and practicing new skills
- Helping clients monitor their progress
- Modeling effective coping techniques and self-help strategies based on the specialist’s own recovery experience
- Supporting clients in advocating for themselves to obtain effective services.
Chemical Dependency Professionals provide a range of services depending on the program they work with. Our CDP’s provide Level One Substance Use Disorder treatment. This service aims to assist alcohol and drug-addicted people to achieve and maintain abstinence from mood-altering substances and to develop independent support systems. Level One SUD treatment may include:
- Assessment and diagnosis of a substance use disorder
- Treatment planning and referral
- Patient and family education in the disease of chemical dependency
- Individual and group counseling with alcohol and drug-addicted people
- Relapse prevention counseling