Social Services

Adult Outpatient Treatment: Outpatient treatment services are appropriate for the addiction of alcohol and other drugs.  Eligible adults receive a chemical dependency assessment and referral to inpatient and/or outpatient treatment services as appropriate.  Outpatient services include individual and group counseling, education, and activities for adults and their families.  

Apple Health: As a result of the national Health Care Act, Apple Health is the source for publically funded chemical dependency treatment. You can apply at

Assessment:  Diagnostic services provided to determine an individual's involvement with alcohol and other drugs.

Chemical Dependency: See substance use disorder.

Child Care Services: Licensed childcare is provided through an approved off-site childcare service for persons who are participating in assessment and treatment activities, support groups, parenting education and other support activities as part of the recovery process and noted in the individual's treatment plan.

Co-Occurring Disorder:  Persons who have both a substance use disorder and a mental health disorder. 

DBHR (Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery) Thurston/Mason County receives Federal and State funding through this State agency.

Detoxification Services: See withdrawal management.

Financial Aid: Persons with no income who receive Apple Health or other publically funded services.

HealthPlanFinder: Publically funded chemical dependency treatment

Indigent patients: Persons receiving a DSHS income assistance grant (e.g., TANF, SSI, or WA Apple Health). They are usually identified by a Medicaid identification card. Food stamp recipients are not considered indigent patients unless they also receive one of the above grant or medical assistance programs.

Inpatient Services: A residential program which provides chemical dependency treatment for persons in a 24-hour a day supervised facility.  Treatment includes a combination of education, individual therapy, group therapy, and related activities for persons and their families.

Intensive Outpatient:  A concentrated program of individual and group counseling, education, and activities for persons and their family. (See adult and/or youth outpatient)

Involuntary Commitment Services (ITA):  Services to identify and evaluate alcohol and drug involved individuals to determine if they are gravely disabled and requiring protective custody, detention, or involuntary commitment services. 

Low-Income: Individuals whose gross household monthly income does not exceed the monthly income determined by 220% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines as eligible for low-income services.

Medicaid:  See

Opiate Substitution Treatment Services: Provision of treatment services and medication management (methadone, etc.) to individuals addicted to opiates.

Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Parenting Services: Services for women who are pregnant, postpartum during the first year after pregnancy completion regardless of the outcome of the pregnancy or placement of children, and men or women who are parenting children under the age of six, including those attempting to gain custody of children supervised by the Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Children and Families Services (DCFS). If eligible for chemical dependency services, a client may receive outpatient treatment, assistance with childcare, as well as transitional housing services.

Prioritized Patient Categories:  Individuals in the following categories are given priority status in this order for admission into treatment services:  1) Medicaid eligible individuals, 2) Pregnant injecting drug users, 3) Pregnant substance users, and 4) Injecting drug users.

Substance Use Disorder: A problematic pattern of alcohol/drug use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress as categorized in the DSM 5.

SSI: Supplemental Security Income  - A federal entitlement from the United States (federal) government.

TANF: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families: See financial aid.

Withdrawal Management: Care and treatment in a residential setting, of persons intoxicated or incapacitated by alcohol or drugs during the period in which the person recovers from the transitory effects of acute intoxication. Withdrawal management services are available to individuals seven days a week, 24 hours a day who are experiencing alcohol and/or drug withdrawal symptoms. 

Women's Services: See Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Parenting Services.

Young adult:  A person who is age 18 through 20 years old.

Youth - A person age 10 through 17 years of age.

Youth Outpatient Treatment: Outpatient treatment services are appropriate for substance use disorder in addition to treatment for substance dependency for youth ages 10 through 20.  Eligible youth may receive an assessment and inpatient and/or outpatient treatment services as appropriate.  Outpatient services include individual and group counseling, education, and activities for youth and their families.  The age at which a youth may self-refer for treatment without parental consent is 13 years of age. Youth patients, who, based on developmental needs, may be more appropriately served in an adult outpatient treatment setting.

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This page last updated: 04/13/16