Behavioral Health Adult Programs and Information

Snohomish County Services & Programs 

The Community Mental Health (CMH) Program works with agencies that provide services to some of the most vulnerable members of Snohomish County. CMH supports a variety of mental health programs that serve community members of all ages including: peer support, short-term case management, jail transition, therapeutic services, and treatment for dual-disorders. There are different eligibility requirements for each program, so if you need mental health services but do not know where to start, 2-1-1 – is the first point of contact for mental health services in Snohomish County. Additionally, Compass Health, Catholic Community Services, and Sunrise Services have Open Access (walk-in hours). Please call the agency for additional information.

Mental illness effects 1 in every 5 adults in the United States, regardless of age, race, religion, or socioeconomic status. Individuals with mental health issues experience disruption in their ability to think, feel, and relate to others, and this often results in changes in daily functioning. Serious mental illnesses include mood disorders like major depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder, thought disorders such as schizophrenia, and personality disorders, such as borderline and dependent personality disorders. There are untold consequences of untreated mental illness: short-term and long-term disability, unemployment, homelessness, disrupted family relationships, substance abuse, inappropriate incarceration and death are regularly experienced by individuals without access to treatment. Fortunately, treatment for mental illness, often a combination of psychosocial support and psychotropic medication, is proven to be effective. In the United States, the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) reports that between 70 and 90 percent of individuals experience a significant reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life after engaging in mental health treatment services.

The Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) unit includes substance use disorder treatment and recovery support services, prevention activities and the DUI Victim Impact Panel Program. The goal of alcohol and other drug prevention and treatment is to reduce the negative impact addiction has on individuals, families, and our community. These services reduce crime, acute care medical and psychiatric costs, injuries, accidents and fatalities, death, decreased productivity, and family problems including child abuse and neglect.

North Sound Behavioral Health Administrative Services Organization (NSBHASO) Advisory Board 

In 1989, Snohomish County entered into an Interlocal Agreement establishing the Mental Health Regional Support Network (RSN) for Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom Counties. These counties allow the RSN to operate a single managed system of services for persons with mental illness living in these five counties.

The county appoints eight representatives to the North Sound Behavioral Health Administrative Services Organization Advisory Board to provide independent advice to the North Sound BH-ASO Board of Directors and to provide independent feedback to local jurisdictions and service providers. As of July 2019, there are zero (0) current Snohomish County board positions available. Please see the announcement below regarding any future opportunities:

Snohomish County Human Services, Behavioral Health Division, is seeking interested citizens of Snohomish County to apply for the North Sound Behavioral Health Administrative Services Organization Advisory Board. Members are expected to have an interest or background in mental health and substance use issues. Applicants, if selected for the Board, are expected to attend meetings in Mount Vernon. Board members are partners from the community who provide independent advice to the North Sound BH-ASO Executive Committee, and to provide independent feedback to local jurisdictions and service providers. Please submit applications by going to the Current Openings page, and complete an online application. If you have any questions or require further information, please email Jon Waters or call Jon at (425) 388-6291.

Please visit the DUI Information page to learn about Snohomish County’s DUI Program.

Please visit the Adult Treatment page to learn about accessing treatment in Snohomish County.

Treatment Has Value

The following studies show the characteristics of Drug Use Among Arrestees Booked Into Snohomish County Corrections Including Comparisons to Booked Arrestees in King and Spokane Counties:

Housing Liaison Services (WRAPS):

WRAPS Specialists work directly with clients living in publicly funded housing and homeless shelters who are at risk of losing their housing due to untreated addiction issues. Services include referral to CD and MH treatment, recovery support and relapse prevention.

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