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Community Services Northwest in Vancouver, Washington was founded in 2003 to serve low-income and homeless clients suffering from mental illness and substance abuse issues with co-occurring disorders. CSN opened in the aftermath of the closings of two similar facilities that also served low-income populations, and thus has filled a much-needed void in outpatient treatment in Clark County in Vancouver, Washington.

Treatment and Staff

CSN clinicians use evidence-based practices such as CBT and Motivational Interviewing (MI). All clients participate in both individual and group therapy. While regular outpatient consists of one individual session each month, Intensive Outpatient (IOP) clients have at least one individual session a week and more if needed. Adult groups, which have no more than  12 people, take place three times a week. Groups for adolescents, held several times week, are smaller, with only eight people in each though group size varies at different times.

The CSN program is not 12-step oriented, though the staff encourages clients to attend AA or NA meetings. They do offer SMART Recovery and are affiliated with other recovery support agencies that focus more on secular self-empowerment than spirituality.

Typically, most clients spend more than 30 days in CSN’s chemical dependency program. Assessments are made every 30 days to track progress in recovery. CSN doesn’t provide detox services, but makes referrals to facilities that do.

The staff at CSN includes 24 clinicians who focus on chemical dependency issues, three of whom work mostly with clients who have been diagnosed with co-occurring disorders. The staff-to-client ratio is one-to-thirty for outpatient clients and one-to-twelve for clients who also need dual diagnosis support. Credentials include CDP (both trainee and licensed) and LMHC. A psychiatrist with prescribing privileges contracts with CSN to provide services to clients who require medications for their mental health conditions.


CSN is affiliated with several programs that address homelessness, including The Way Home, The Way Home Too, Family Housing Northwest and the Welcome Home program. They are also working to build affordable housing units that will ultimately be available for clients in surrounding Clark County.

Family of youths in CSN programs can take part in an educational program based on the Matrix Model that offers a range of services and modalities including CBT, individual and group therapy and relapse prevention.

At the conclusion of outpatient treatment, each client is assessed for aftercare, which consists of three meetings a week with a therapist (Washington State requires aftercare as a component of deferred prosecution).

Working in conjunction with Washington State law enforcement and probation officials, CSN provides MRT to criminal justice clients who are in a deferred prosecution program.

In Summary

What distinguishes Community Services Northwest from many outpatient facilities is that it is dedicated to serving a low-income and chronically homeless population with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues. This facility’s efforts on behalf of homeless individuals and families add a special component to its treatment services.

Community Services Northwest Location

Community Services Northwest
1601 E Fourth Plain Blvd, Bldg 17, Ste B222
Vancouver, WA 98661

Community Services Northwest Cost

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