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Valley Cities


valley-citiesThe Basics

What began as a grassroots community outreach program in Washington State’s South King County, is now a multi-faceted mental health treatment network with several different locations. In business for more than 40 years, Valley Cities offers outpatient services for chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders, based on the core principles of human resiliency, maintaining integrity and restoring hope.

Treatment and Staff

Valley Cities offers outpatient treatment for chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders at facilities in Auburn, Federal Way, Kent, Midway and Renton. Holding fast to the belief that recovery is a personal journey, clinicians encourage self-empowerment through making good choices and learning about addiction.

The Co-occurring Disorders Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Group is a three-month program that meets three times a week for two hours per session. The goal of the sessions is a new set of healthy, non-chemical coping skills, a full drug and alcohol education and the creation of a sober community. These groups occur throughout the year with varying start and end dates depending on the location. A less intense version of this program, the COD Outpatient Program, is ongoing and meets twice a week for an hour and a half. This group is often the step down from the intensive outpatient group.

Valley Cities offers additional group therapy geared toward treating co-occurring disorders but they are not considered intensive outpatient. Moral Reconation Therapy groups meet once a week for an hour. MRT is a CBT treatment method aimed at relearning morally sound social behaviors and creating a positive self-image. Active participation during group and outside homework is required.

Valley Cities’ Dual Recovery Anonymous meetings offer 12-step based treatment to dual diagnosis sufferers. Open to the public at large, this group focuses on relapse prevention and improving clients’ quality of life. It meets twice a week for an hour and a half.

Other adult group counseling options under Valley Cities’ chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders umbrella include a DBT group, Coping & Support, Living With Pain, a tobacco cessation/vaping group and ASPIRE, which their website describes as a 24-week group that discusses connecting with people, coping with nervousness, stress and fear, creating positive self-talk, taming anger, decision making, problem solving, and forming good habits. In addition to group therapy, aftercare planning, individual therapy and family programming are scheduled upon client request.

The Valley Cities network employs four psychiatrists, two psychiatric nurses and five nurse practitioners. An additional staff of patient care coordinators, peer support specialists, therapists and clinicians specializing in co-occurring disorders supports these medical professionals.


Some of the support groups offered go beyond just substance abuse treatment to provide additional resources for clients to improve the quality of their lives. Two great examples are the Peer Employment Support Group, which helps anyone in recovery seeking work, and Voice Works, a weekly “check-in” group that covers physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social health.

As expected with such a large network of clinics, other special services for the homeless, veterans and families in need of affordable housing are also available.

In Summary

According to a representative at Valley Cities, the bulk of their clients receive funding for treatment through Medicaid or, less often, other outside donor funding. So all of the services are not only comprehensive, they’re also financially feasible. Hyper-intensive individualized treatment is not exactly the name of the game at Valley Cities but relating to and growing alongside peers in a supportive group setting certainly is.

Valley Cities
325 West Gowe St
Kent, WA 98032

Valley Cities Cost: Medicaid only. Reach Valley Cities by phone at (253) 939-4055. Find Valley Cities on Facebook and Twitter

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