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PO Box 890 Kelso, WA 98626 (360) 425-9210

Incorporated in 1971 as a non-for-profit 501(c) 3 corporation, DAPC began as a 12-bed long-term residential drug treatment agency. Treatment is modeled after a modified therapeutic community (TC) concept

At first, DAPC was funded through private donations and with the support of local guilds. In 1976, DAPC became eligible for funding from the State of Washington Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (DASA).

A statewide increase in the demand for residential beds resulted in DAPC leasing the former Toutle River Boys Ranch in 1998; thereby, increasing capacity to 38 licensed beds. In 2004, DAPC purchased the residential facility.

In order to provide our clients with a full continuum of services; in 1983 DAPC opened its’ outpatient clinic in Kelso, WA. Services were further expanded in 1999 when DAPC became a provider of Drug Court Services to the Cowlitz County Superior Court System. In response to community demand, in 2003, DAPC implemented its’ STARS (Sharing, Talking, Achieving, Recovering, Sisterhood) servicing pregnant/postpartum women and their families.In August 2005 DAPC opened a 16-bed residential program for pregnant, postpartum, parenting women in Longview, WA and a Parent-Child Assistance Program in Kelso, WA. On February 1, 2006, we became the provider to the family dependency treatment court called HOPE (Helping Our Parents Excel).

2232 S. Silver Lake Road, Castle Rock, WA 98611 (360) 274-3262
The physical environment for DAPC’s Toutle River Campus residential programs is pristine – located 4 miles from the nearest highway and 9 miles from the nearest city. The air is untouched by industrialization; and the noise level is below that of a library. By clearing away the external physical and psychological distractions of the modern world, we are able to direct the energies of our patients towards rebalancing;
Toutle River Campus
i.e., restoring physical and emotional health. DAPC’s residential programs operate on the principle that the road to health and away from addiction must begin in a safe, calm, secure and humane setting.
DAPC operates a long-term residential program (approximately 6 months) and an intensive inpatient program (approximately 30-days). Residents play a significant role in managing their respective Therapeutic Communities (TC) and in acting as positive role models for newer members to emulate.
Our TC’s are based on the concept of habilitation rather than rehabilitation. Habilitation emphasizes the integration of an individual within the community. Progress is measured within the context of the community and against the community’s expectations. It is the community (both staff and residents), working with each individual, which accomplishes the positive change in the member. One’s ability to live up to the community’s expectations is taken as an important measure of the readiness to move toward integration into the larger society outside of DAPC.
621 Grade Street, Kelso, WA 98626 (360) 425-9210

DAPC’s outpatient program offers a broad range of services for adult addicts and their families:

  • Intensive Outpatient
  • Drug Court Program
  • HOPE Court Program
  • Relapse Prevention Programs
  • Assessments and Evaluations
  • Deferred Prosecution

DAPC’s program is designed to help people rebuild their lives in the following key areas:

  • Sobriety and mental health stabilization
  • Community integration
  • Family reunification
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Employment attainment and stability
  • School Enrollment and course of study
  • Health conscious living

We realize getting clean and sober is just the beginning. Once sobriety is achieved, the process of rebuilding must begin. Often, an addict feels overwhelmed and receives little or no help.

Relapse occurs when people lack ongoing support, structure, guidance and the skills necessary to face the challenges of life after achieving abstinence. Therefore, DAPC’s programs focus on many areas of the client’s life, ranging from social and family relationships, personal and professional goals, health/fitness, and spirituality, to independent living.

The Outpatient Program helps our clients move out of their addiction and into clean and sober productive lives using a hands-on approach to help them achieve their life goals.

S.T.A.R.S. - 600 Broadway St., Longview, WA (360) 425-9600 ext. 10
DAPC’s program; Sharing, Talking, Achieving, Recovering, Sisterhood (STARS) provides chemical dependency assessment and treatment to women who are pregnant or postpartum (up to one year post delivery, regardless of birth outcome, adoption or foster care placement of child) and women with dependent children. We provide services to the family and significant others of persons in treatment.
Stars and Cap

The goal of our program is to reduce prenatal substance use among patients to improve birth outcomes and infant development. Specific targets of the program are:

  • To identify women with chemical dependency problems who are pregnant or are mother’s to children up to 1 year old.
  • Increase positive pregnancy outcomes, healthy pregnancy and deliveries.
  • Guide mothers to more resources in the community; parenting classes, mental health, medical care, WIC, etc.
  • Decrease hospital costs by having a healthy baby and mother for delivery
  • Increase compliance between mom’s and CPS
    - Assist with homelessness and food needs.
  • Increase social and primary support for mothers
  • Decrease jail for mothers
  • Increase knowledge about domestic violence
  • Strengthening families

Data supplied by the Washington State Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse shows that:

  • Providing treatment to substance abusing pregnant women reduced healthcare costs of their drug exposed infants
  • Chemically dependent pregnant women who received treatment had healthier babies
  • Substance abusing women who received chemical dependency treatment prenatally were less likely to have a low birth weight baby compared to women who did not receive treatment (8.7% versus 12.9%)
  • Women who completed treatment had the best birth outcomes

In a sample of 365 substance abusing women in Washington State, birth outcomes of women who received no treatment or who dropped out of treatment early were compared to those who completed the full course of treatment. Results showed that women who received no treatment were over three times more likely to deliver a baby prematurely, had an increased frequency of placental abruption, as well as a higher frequency of fetal or infant deaths. (Washington State MOMS Project, 1999). Alcohol and drug abuse cannot be separated from the social, emotional, and economic conditions in women’s lives. As a community we must begin to develop systems that offer Cowlitz County women, children and families coordinated, comprehensive and multidimensional health, education and support services if we are to have any hope of preventing or intervening early in alcohol and drug problems in women and children.

DAPC’s residential treatment services for women includes chemical dependency treatment services for 16 pregnant, postpartum, parenting women. Addressing those issues specific to women in relation to chemical dependency and their children. Service provision and length of stay are variable and are determined by the needs of the women as determined by patient placement criteria. Maximum length of stay is 6 months.
Program components are provided in accordance with applicable Washington Administrative Codes. The program is certified by the State of Washington Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. Services are also provided in accordance with applicable Department of Health regulations.

Client Eligibility

(1) Pregnant, postpartum up to one year regardless of the outcome of pregnancy of placement of children, parenting children under the age of six. Parenting women include those attempting to gain custody of children supervised by the Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

(2) At or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level at the time they enter treatment.

(3) Referred by the assessment center prior to placement or assessed by the treatment agency within 72 hours of placement in treatment.

Child Care Services are provided for the health and welfare of the children accompanying parents who participate in the residential substance abuse program. Services are provided for the care, protection, and treatment of children who are at risk of abuse, neglect, and eventual substance abuse. Services include the following elements:

• Developmental assessment using recognized, standardized instruments;
• Play therapy;
• Behavioral modification;
• Individual counseling;
• Self esteem building; and
• Family intervention to modify parenting behavior and/or the child’s environment to eliminate/prevent the child’s dysfunctional behavior.

Childcare is provided for a minimum of four hours per day, including staffing time, five days per week. A ratio of one staff person for every three children under 24 months, and one staff person for every five children over 24 months is maintained.

Parent-Child Assistance Program
Longview, WA (360) 425-9600

The Parent-Child Assistance Program (P-CAP) is a paraprofessional home visitation model for extremely high-risk substance abusing women. The program uses a case-management approach which is an effective complement to traditional substance abuse treatment, and focuses not simply on reducing alcohol and drug use, but on reducing other risk behaviors and addressing the health and social well-being of the mothers and their children.

The goals of the program are to: (1) assist mothers in obtaining treatment, maintaining recovery, and resolving the complex problems associated with their substance abuse; (2) guarantee that the children are in a safe environment and receiving appropriate health care; (3) effectively link families with community resources; (4) demonstrate successful strategies for working with this population in order to prevent the risk of future drug-and-alcohol-exposed children.

The program does not provide direct alcohol, drug treatment or clinical services, but instead offers consistent home visitation and links women and their families with a comprehensive array of existing community resources. Advocates have a maximum caseload of 16 families. They link clients with appropriate service providers, and work actively within the context of the extended family. Clients are not required to obtain alcohol/drug treatment in order to participate, and are never asked to leave the program because of relapse or setbacks. Advocates trace clients who are missing, stay in contact with the client’s family members, and provide advocacy services for the target child regardless of who has custody of the child.

Participants are high-risk substance abusing women. Criteria for inclusion in the program include chronic alcohol and/or drug use during pregnancy, and little connection with community service providers, including little or no prenatal care.

The intervention lasts 36 months. Advocates initially visit client homes weekly and then biweekly or more/less frequently, depending on client needs.


The Drug Abuse Prevention Center operates an abstinence-based residential program using the therapeutic community treatment model. DAPC’s therapeutic community is a drug-free environment in which people with addictive (and other) problems live together in an organized and structured way in order to promote change and make possible a drug-free life in the outside society.The primary goal of DAPC’s Therapeutic Community (TC) is to foster personal growth. This is accomplished by changing of an individual’s lifestyle through a community of concerned people working together to help themselves and each other. DAPC’s TC represents a highly structured environment with defined boundaries, both moral and ethical. It employs community-imposed sanctions and penalties as earned advancement of status and privileges as part of the discovery and growth process. Being a part of something greater than oneself is an especially important factor in facilitating positive growth. The environment offers an opportunity to reestablish self-respect and encourages self-improvement. Residents learn self-reliance within our residential setting that has family ideals. There are house rules, work ethics, community guidelines, high expectations and individual goals.

Residents of DAPC’s TC are members of a family, not patients. Residents play a significant role in managing the TC and in acting as positive role models for newer members to emulate. Residents and staff alike act as facilitators, emphasizing personal responsibility for one’s own life and for self-improvement. DAPC’s staff provides moral and emotional support, as wall as professional services to our residents. There is also the sharing of meaningful experiences within the TC so that each resident has a real investment in the welfare and survival of the community as well as his or her survival.

Our TC emphasizes the integration of an individual within the community. Progress is measured within the context of the community and against the community’s expectation. It is the community, working with the individual, which accomplishes the positive change in the member. One’s ability to live up to the community’s expectations is taken as an important measure of readiness to move toward integration into the larger society outside of DAPC.

Phoenix House
Kelso, WA

Preventing future births of alcohol & drug exposed babies.”

Phoenix House

The Phoenix House Program Model is the result of collaboration between the Longview Housing Authority and the Drug Abuse Prevention Center. The model calls for a three-part approach to meeting the needs of homeless parents and their children by providing for: 
            1.  Permanent affordable housing, available to families as long as needed.
            2.  Intensive family services, designed to build on the strengths of family members and maximize           success.
            3.  Child services aimed at meeting the needs of children.
This is a uniquely designed homeless housing project that is owned, operated and maintained by the Longview Housing Authority and DAPC.  The physical design assures family security, facilitates the provision of program services, and allows for accommodating changes in family size brought about by family reunification efforts that will be a major emphasis of the project. 
Over the past 37 years the Drug Abuse Prevention Center has developed an extensive network of collaborators that will provide multiple integrated services to the families, parents, and children served by the project.  In place memorandum of agreements between Drug Abuse Prevention Center and the various service providers require that individualized treatment and service plans be developed in a collaborative and coordinated way to ensure that all service goals are pursuing the same ends.
During their stay in residence at Phoenix House, each family will have an assigned case manager.  Their case managers will set goals with them aimed to  work through a three-phase recovery program.  .  Each phase has specific program goals and services designed to help mothers and their children become independent.  The phases consist of the following:
Phase I “Taking Care of Me” 
This phase of treatment will focus on initial self-care that will stress the need for the client to be healthy mentally, physically, and chemically in order to be an effective parent.
Phase II “Looking ahead: where will I be in 1, 5, and 10 years?”
This phase will help clients develop a sense of possibilities and future goals.
Phase III “Moving Into the Real World” 
This phase will help clients interface with community supports and normative activities beyond the Phoenix House.
Specific child-centered activities will be offered to help the children in the program experience nurturing, healthy bonding, consistent care and normalizing activities from the adults in their lives.  A child community room will allow children to go to activities and interact with other young children.  This community room will also serve as a classroom where educational services will be provided for children zero to 3 years to prepare them for school.
            We contract with Parents Place to provide parenting classes. Parents Place provides a parenting class on the Phoenix House Campus once a week for one hour.  Two weeks a month they do an interactive child/parent group that follows a play and learn model that works on building social interaction skills between parents and children.  The other two weeks they do education groups for the mothers that include curriculum such as; Love and Logic, Building Working Families, Growing Up Again, and Life skills.  The class focus is assessed on a regular basis and modified to meet the needs of the current residents at the Phoenix House.  Parent’s place provides three staff members each week.  There is a child care worker, a parenting class instructor and a social worker.   
       While mothers are doing education classes with the Parents Place Staff the child care worker does activities with the children in the onsite classroom.  The classroom environment is designed with enriched learning activities to strengthen each child’s literacy, language, and vocabulary skills as well as their fine and gross motor skills.  This time with the children gives the worker the opportunity to detect any early signs of special needs that the child may have which will help to give the child the earliest intervention assistance to develop necessary skills.

            When residents are ready to leave the Phoenix House, the goal is that they will have a job, a GED, a credit score, a bank account, a rental history, and a preferred renter’s certificate.

For information contact:
Gus Nolte, Executive Director
Drug Abuse Prevention Center
P.O. Box 890
Kelso, WA 98626
(360) 425-9210 Ext. 22


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