Addiction and Dependence Treatment

Read Our Report:

 Addiction and Dependence Treatment Report and Recommendations  (Adopted January 2015)

Many Washington State residents struggle with drug and alcohol abuse. The physical and financial cost of drug use and alcohol abuse disorders is high. Washington State has high variation in screening for drug and alcohol abuse leaving many patients undiagnosed with no access to treatment.

The report has five focus areas:

  • Reduce stigma associated with alcohol and other drug screening, intervention, and treatment
  • Increase appropriate alcohol and other drug use screening
  • Increase capacity to provide brief intervention and/or brief treatment for alcohol and other drug misuse
  • Decrease barriers for facilitating referrals to appropriate treatment facilities
  • Address the opioid addiction epidemic

The workgroup met from April 2014 to January 2015.

Supporting Materials:

Letter from Health Care Authority Accepting Addiction and Dependence Treatment Report and Recommendations

Addiction and Dependence Treatment Public Comment Summary
Workgroup Charter

Workgroup Members

Member Title Organization
Charissa Fotinos MD Deputy Chief Medical Officer Health Care Authority
Tom Fritz (Chair) Chief Executive Officer Inland Northwest Health Services
Linda Grant Chief Executive Officer Evergreen Manor
Tim Holmes Vice President of Outreach Services and Behavioral Health Administration MultiCare Health System
Ray Hsiao MD Co-Director, Adolescent Substance Abuse Program Seattle Children’s Hospital
Scott Munson Executive Director Sundown M Ranch
Rick Ries MD Associate Director Addiction Psychiatry Residency Program, University of Washington
Terry Rogers MD Chief Executive Officer Foundation for Health Care Quality
Ken Stark Director Snohomish County Human Services Department
Jim Walsh MD Physician Swedish Medical Center