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WCPC Adds Substance Abuse Treatment Program 05/01/12
Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic (WCPC), a local non-profit mental health organization, has signed an agreement with Westcoast Counseling & Treatment Center to acquire its chemical dependency treatment practice located at 1200 Dupont in Bellingham. Westcoast Counseling, owned by Chemical Dependency Professionals Carole Wells and Linda Waller, has been in business since January, 2003.
“Their positive reputation helping people with substance use and abuse challenges make Linda, Carole and their team great new partners. Mental illness and substance abuse often go together as health issues people must deal with,” said WCPC Executive Director Dean T. Wight.
WCPC’s main clinic is located at 3645 E. McLeod Road. WCPC’s member-run Rainbow Recovery Center at 209 West Holly Street in downtown Bellingham, helps people who struggle with homelessness, mental illness and often substance abuse find a self-help path to recovery.
The clinic also operates a supportive employment program on Bay Street and Crisis Services Center on Division Street.
The integration of mental health and substance abuse treatment services (collectively referred to as “behavioral health”) comes as the larger health care community is also looking at ways to better coordinate and integrate health care overall. A community-wide “Transforming Health Care” effort being led by the Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access is promoting integration of behavioral health and primary care services – the services of family physicians who often see mental health and substance abuse problems in their own practices.
The chemical dependency treatment program, located at 1200 Dupont St., Suite 1A, will continue to do business under the name Westcoast Counseling and Treatment Center, as a department of WCPC.
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