Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department
Spokane County is dedicated to bettering the
lives of our region’s most vulnerable individuals.
The Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department (CSHCD) is dedicated to strengthening our communities and helping our region’s most vulnerable residents achieve and maintain healthier and more independent lives in a safe environment. The CSHCD Department, as approved by the Spokane County Board of Commissioners, is responsible for regional funding and administrative oversight for targeted programs benefiting low-income and homeless individuals in need of mental health and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services, employment services for those with developmental disabilities, and housing resources.
The CSHCD Department strategically recommends and contracts for programs and services that focus on the following areas:
- Integration of mental health and substance use disorder services
- Supporting criminal justice diversion services as alternatives to incarceration
- Early intervention, prevention, and treatment
- Reducing homelessness and hospitalizations
- Promoting employment and educational services
- Increasing affordable housing
Please click on the below-listed links to view the CSHCD Organizational Chart as well as a summary of the CSHCD Department's funding, contracted services, and populations served.Director's Letter
It is the mission of the CSHCD SCRBH to help those seeking to recover from mental illness and/or substance use disorder (SUD) safer, healthier, and more independent lives. We ensure that our range of care, resources, and services are person-driven, built on strengths and opportunities, and are available and accessible to individuals and their families. The CSHCD SCRBH offers services and resources that value:
- Safety and health
- Cultural diversity, social justice and sensitivity
- Belief that achieving wellness is Reality
- The dignity of each individual to determine their own path
- Active partnerships with related services that also assist the individual
- Promoting a purposeful, satisfying quality of life in one’s own community
The CSHCD SCRBH's vision is to be a leader in transforming the delivery of high-quality behavioral health care through integrated services that are responsive to individual needs.
The CSHCD SCRBH is dedicated to a culture of continuous quality assessment and performance improvement. Standards and goals for the crisis system are aligned with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
The CSHCD SCRBH is responsible for contracting and funding the following services for individuals in Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, and Stevens counties.
- Mental Health and substance use disorder crisis services and involuntary treatment evaluations for individuals within the Spokane RSA;
- Involuntary detentions to psychiatric facilities or secure withdrawal management and stabilization services for non-Medicaid individuals within the Spokane RSA;
- Treatment and monitoring of non-Medicaid individuals within the Spokane RSA who have active Lesser Restrictive Alternative (LRA) court orders or Conditional Release orders; and
- Non-crisis behavioral health services for non-Medicaid individuals in the Spokane RSA who are at or below the two hundred twenty percent (220%) Federal Poverty Level (FPL) utilizing General Fund State (GFS) or Federal Block Grants (FBG).
The Spokane County Counseling and Recovery Services (CAReS) Division formed as a Behavioral Health Agency in January 2019 to meet the growing behavioral health needs in the Spokane County area. CAReS strives to provide an array of behavioral health treatment services, to adults who are 18 years of age or older, which include:
- Mental Health Assessments
- Individual Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Case Management
- Comprehensive Community Support Services
- Supportive Housing
- Community Integration
- Peer Counseling
CAReS consists of four (4) programs designed to meet the varying needs of our community, which include: Therapeutic Services, The Supportive Living Program, Housing and Recovery Through Peer Services, and The Spokane County Diversion Program.
The Spokane County Housing and Community Development Division works hard to ensure that our programs and services identify and fund housing options to serve a large cross-section of our most vulnerable citizens to help them maintain physical and behavioral health and encourage stable employment, family-unity, community-involvement, and education.