Cowlitz Family Health Center & Drug Abuse Prevention Center Merger

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In an effort to get more people into mental health, drug and substance abuse treatment, the Drug Abuse Prevention Center (DAPC) has joined forces with the Cowlitz Family Health Center. The merger came about as both agencies realized they had many clients in common. Consolidating will eliminate the need for clients to make multiple appointments with separate agencies. When referring clients to one another, patients often did not follow through and did not receive the care they needed. Integrating services will allow the two groups to better work together to serve their clients. A new 15-member board governs the merged agencies. The Family Health Center provides low cost health and dental care at 6 clinics. The DAPC offers inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment, relapse prevention programs and some mental health counseling. All ten clinics will continue to operate.