Addiction and Dependence Treatment

Read our Addiction and Dependence Treatment Report and Recommendations

(Adopted January 2015)

Many Washington State residents struggle with drug and alcohol abuse and our state shows variation in how and whether screening occurs, leaving many patients undiagnosed with no access to treatment. This workgroup met from April 2014 to January 2015 to develop recommendations organized around the following focus areas:

  • Reduction in stigma associated with alcohol and other drug screening, intervention, and treatment
  • Increasing appropriate alcohol and other drug use screening
  • Increasing capacity to provide brief intervention and/or brief treatment for alcohol and other drug misuse
  • Decreasing barriers for facilitating referrals to appropriate treatment facilities
  • Addressing the opioid addiction epidemic

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