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Operating under the motto of “Working for Healthy Communities,” the Center for Human Development is a non-profit organization providing behavioral health and other community services to eastern Oregon’s Union County. From the county seat and largest city in the county, La Grande, the mental health and addiction treatment components have been working to get people sober and healthy for more than 20 years. Regularly collaborating with the State of Oregon Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, it offers outpatient treatment, education and prevention services for children, teenagers, adults and entire families.

Treatment and Staff

For every incoming client, an individualized treatment plan is created with the goal of getting 90 days clean and sober. The counselor assigned to the client determines the number of individual and group sessions someone is going to need and how often he or she will come in every week. This counselor remains the client’s primary contact throughout treatment.

There are three primary treatment programs: Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Women in Treatment and Outpatient. The Intensive Outpatient program focuses on the Matrix Model in therapy. The IOP usually includes more one-on-one counseling sessions than the other programs. They also spend a lot of time planning early recovery relapse prevention and have an extensive family program component.

As the name implies, Women in Treatment caters specifically to the needs of women with chemical dependency issues. There are individual counseling sessions and specialized group therapy sessions addressing a myriad of subjects. Some examples are Seeking Safety (trauma and substance abuse); intensive outpatient groups (early recovery, family program and relapse prevention); New Solutions (builds communication and relationship skills) and Women’s Recovery Support (ongoing support).

The Outpatient Program is designed for those needing moderate intervention. An individualized treatment plan is created to work around the client’s schedule and the curriculum entails individual counseling, group sessions and relapse prevention groups. Client family participation is highly encouraged but not required.

The Center for Human Development has 100 employees including nurses, doctors, social workers, counselors and health and rehabilitation specialists. There is no detox and they do not facilitate 12-step meetings in any of the core tracks but clients are not discouraged from 12-step participation.

Unfortunately, because the services are so in demand and because the Center for Human Development receives a number of referrals, there is a waiting list to receive their services. Their walk-in assessment hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10 am to 2 pm.


The Center for Human Development makes sure all its clients receive adequate aftercare upon program completion; an example would be the ongoing Women’s Recovery Support group. They also have an entire component dedicated to family counseling, education and prevention. They even hold regular meetings—open to the public—to discuss alcohol and drug use in La Grande, with the promise of free pizza and a gift card!

In Summary

The Center for Human Development provides evidence-based substance abuse treatment that is tailored to specific needs and schedules, incorporating family members and aftercare. No one is denied treatment here for financial reasons. Discounts for those paying out of pocket are available. Individualized programming is a definite plus, but having to go on a waiting may be a deterrent for people in crisis.

Center for Human Development Location

Center for Human Development
2301 Cove Ave
La Grande, OR 97850

Center for Human Development Cost

Sliding scale. Reach the Center for Human Development by phone at (541) 962-8800 or by email at Find the Center for Human Development on Facebook and Twitter

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