The Drug Abuse Council formed in 1969 in response to local community members’ concerns about the marked increase in drug use visible on the streets. Representatives from law enforcement, schools, and other community agencies came together to explore the issues surrounding drug-abuse and to develop appropriate services for individuals with substance use disorders.
Services also began in 1969 and were staffed by community volunteers. Grants were sought and paid staff gradually added. During the early 1970’s a full range of treatment, referral, medical, and dental services became available for individuals. The program continued to grow well into the next decade.
During the years that followed, assessment services for court involved individuals and for public assistance clients expanded. A variety of prevention and community education programs began operating and treatment services included family groups, intensive outpatient, and services located at schools. Treatment was offered in Everett, Lynnwood, Monroe and Arlington offices.
As Pacific Treatment Services entered the 90’s, the agency outgrew their Everett Offices on Rucker Avenue and moved to a new facility at 1114 Pacific Avenue. This would be the agency’s home until 2014. With the expansion of services, the agency also changed its name from Pacific Treatment Services to Pacific Treatment Alternatives. The agency focus which has continued on through today is to assist individuals in developing attitudes and behaviors that support sobriety.
Back in 2001, Pacific Treatment Alternatives was awarded a grant for Safe Babies Safe Moms. This program provided targeted intensive case management for women, pregnant or parenting a child under 2 years of age, who also had a history of alcohol/substance use disorders. Pacific Treatment Alternatives, now operating as Safe Babies Safe Moms, worked collaboratively with Catholic Community Services and Evergreen Recovery Center’s Residential Pregnant Parenting Women’s Program. This program helped women obtain chemical dependency treatment, housing, family planning, behavioral health counseling, parenting education, prenatal care, continued education, and job skills. Clients were able to establish healthy, nurturing, safe homes for themselves and their children.
In 2017, the Safe Babies Safe Moms program changed to the Parent Child Assistance Program (PCAP) evidence-based case management services backed by the University of Washington. PCAP’s services are essentially the same. However, the program is now working more closely with the University of Washington Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit. There are 18 PCAP’s in Washington State, and Pacific Treatment Alternatives hosts the Snohomish County Site.