About Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment in King County
The King County Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Prevention and Treatment delivery system works in partnership with other departments within the county, and the Washington State Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (DASA) in planning and implementing publicly funded prevention and treatment services. This introduction provides descriptions of the programs that make up the prevention and SUD services continuum of care for low-income residents of King County. Some of the services provided are county operated programs; however most are provided through contracts with community-based SUD prevention and treatment agencies.
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The State of Washington Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (DASA) established a statewide system for delivery of alcohol and drug treatment services. In most cases, residential treatment is contracted directly through DASA. Sobering, detoxification, outpatient treatment, and SUD prevention services are the responsibility of King County. Per Chapter 70.96A RCW, eligibility to receive state and federal funds from DASA to support county alcoholism and other drug addiction programs is dependent upon the following:
- Establishment of a county alcoholism and other drug addiction board (see King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Administrative Board).
- Appointment of a County SUD Prevention and Treatment Coordinator by the county legislative authority.
- Provision of a 10 percent match from local public or private sources.
The SUD Prevention and Treatment Program Coordinator in King County serves as one of the two Assistant Division Directors for the King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division (BHRD). The coordinator is responsible for planning and implementing prevention and SUD treatment services within King County as outlined in the King County Strategic Plan. This is a coordinated effort involving stakeholders representing the entire community. This coordinated response to prevention and treatment services is accomplished through collaborative relationships developed in the community and by the work of the King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Administrative Board.
The King County Strategic Plan addresses county-specific needs, resources and implementation strategies for community-based SUD Prevention, Intervention, Treatment and Aftercare/support services (P-I-T-A) - viewed as a continuum of services.
A comprehensive SUD continuum combines many programs, policies, and practices. A continuum of care may include local services ranging from prenatal parenting classes, to student assistance programs, to outpatient and residential treatment, to community-based ongoing sobriety support services.
King County Prevention and Treatment System
King County provides SUD prevention and treatment through two mechanisms:
1. Direct county services
2. Contracted county services provided through contracts with community treatment agencies.
Direct County Services
Contracted County Services
Chemical Dependency Information/Referral and Crisis Calls: The 24-Hour Alcohol and Drug Helpline provides crisis services and chemical dependency information and referrals. All calls are staffed with qualified individuals trained to provide accurate and timely information about alcohol or other drugs and make referrals to appropriate treatment facilities. This service is available 24 hours every day of the year.
Detoxification services provides medically monitored withdrawal services to low-income and indigent clients who are recovering from the effects of acute or chronic intoxication to alcohol and/or other drugs. Clients receive a physical examination and medication as necessary to manage withdrawal symptoms. Upon completion of detoxification services, clients are referred to either inpatient or outpatient services based on clinical need.
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