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Clark County Community Services

Administers youth and family programs, community action initiatives, alcohol and drug treatment and prevention, housing and urban development programs, and developmental disability services.
Phone: (360) 397-2130

Clark County Public Health

Provides control of communicable diseases; protection of food and drinking water; home visiting nursing services to support pregnant women and those raising children, nutrition services, immunizations, health education for tobacco and HIV prevention, and much more. It also has homeland security responsibilities for protecting the public's health during terrorist, natural disaster, and communicable disease emergencies like bioterrorism, earthquakes, and influenza outbreaks.
Phone: (360) 397-8000

Clark County Veterans Assistance Program

The Clark County Veteran's Relief Fund provides emergency relief for qualified veterans. Assistance is available through veteran's service officer who screens for eligibility and issues checks for rent, utility, food, transportation or employment assistance. 
Phone: (360) 397-8478

Community Services Northwest & Northwest Recovery Center

Community Services Northwest (CSNW) assists low-income, uninsured and under-insured Clark County residents by providing high-quality, integrated outpatient mental health and addictions treatment and supportive housing services. Outpatient mental health services include individual, family and group therapy, case management, and specialized programs for outreach to the homeless and other under-served groups. Our addictions treatment services include individualized care for youth and adults including gender-specific groups, programs for adolescents and adults with co-occurring disorders, groups for pregnant and parenting women and for people with AIDS or Hepatitis C as well as individual and group counseling for problem gambling.
Phone: (360) 397-8484

Consumer Voices Are Born (CVAB)

Consumer Voices Are Born is a consumer-run organization providing support and advocacy for fellow consumers of mental health services. It offers self-help classes, support groups, a variety of training, access to computers, information about volunteer opportunities and social activities. A "Warm Line" created by mental health consumers has been established to help peers seeking a helping hand. Consumers, or those seeking mental health services, are invited to visit CVAB’s offices as a means of building confidence, self-esteem and the ability to become more involved in personal recovery.
Phone: (360) 695-5012

Cowlitz Indian Tribe Health and Human Services Department

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Health and Human Services Department consists of three programs: Cowlitz Tribal Treatment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Mental Health Treatment, and Pathways To Healing.

Phone: (360) 397-8228

  • Cowlitz Tribal Treatment program is certified in the State of Washington as a Chemical Dependency Treatment Provider. Services include culturally based assessments, inpatient treatment referrals, intensive inpatient and outpatient programs, and DUI/ Deferred Prosecution services. All direct care services provided by Cowlitz Tribal Treatment are at no cost to enrolled Native Americans and Alaska Natives.  Cowlitz Tribal Treatment provides chemical dependency services to individuals who are non-native and have a billable resource. We accept eligible Medicaid coverage, most private insurance, and private pay.

  • Vocational Rehabilitation program provides services to Native American and Alaska Natives enrolled in a federally recognized tribe with a documented physical, mental, learning or chemical dependency disability. Services are provided at no cost and include career guidance and counseling, employment seeking and job readiness skills, training and job placement opportunities as well as other personalized services.

  • Mental Health Treatment includes one to one therapy and medication management. It is available to enrolled members of federally recognized tribes.

  • Pathways To Healing serves Native American and Alaska Native victims/ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. Services offered include: cultural, legal and medical advocacy; information and referrals; and safety planning and education. Services can be provided on or off-site and are provided at no cost.

Cowlitz Indian Tribe Housing Department

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Housing Department provides Home buyer Education, Home Repair, Financial Literacy Training, Weatherization, Down Payment Assistance, and six month, Elder, and Student Rental Assistance.
Phone: (360) 397-8228

Lifeline Connections

Provides assessment, referral, involuntary treatment commitment, and multiple levels of outpatient treatment for both youths and adults. Residential detoxification and recovery house services are provided for adults as well as transitional housing for parenting and pregnant women.
Phone: (360) 696-1631

Mental Health Ombudsman

Each Regional Support Network (RSN) must have in place a process that provides consumers with a complaint and grievance system that complies with state/federal laws, ensures confidentiality, and leaves no room for retaliatory actions against the consumer reporter.  The process must provide access to an Administrative Fair Hearing by all consumers when dissatisfaction with services has been expressed or a Washington Administrative Code has been violated.  The Mental Health Ombudsman (MHO) office is independent and separate from the RSN.  A consumer of mental health service can file a complaint with the agency, the MHO office, or with the RSN.  Acting as an advocate for the consumer, the MHO can listen to the compliant(s), investigate the allegations, and make recommendations for the resolution/solution.  As an advocate, the Ombudsman can follow the consumer from the compliant to grievance process and through Administrative Fair Hearing proceedings.  However, the primary goal of advocacy is to resolve the complaint or issue at the lowest level possible.  Reporting to the Quality Review Team, the Quality Manager’s Committee, the Enrollee and Stakeholder’s Committee, and the Mental Health Advisory Board, the MHO is responsible for reporting trends and themes in the mental health community and works collaboratively with all partners to keep the system flowing, functional and at optimal service levels beneficial to all.
Phone: 1-866-666-5070

US Department of Veterans Affairs

Provides a wide variety of social and health services for veterans.

Portland Office
Phone: (503) 220-8262

Vancouver Office

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Clark County Community Services: Vanessa R. Gaston, Director
Street address: 1601 East Fourth Plain Boulevard, Bldg 17, Suite A419, Vancouver, WA 98661
Mailing address: P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-9810
Main phone: (360) 397-2130 | FAX: (360) 397-6028
Community Services Fraud and Abuse Hotline
The Fraud and Abuse Hotline number is (360) 397-8030 and is for the reporting of suspected fraud or abuse related to payment for services. Messages may be left anonymously. To speak directly with the Department Compliance Officer, call (360) 397-2075 ext. 7819.
Responsible Elected Official: Board of County Councilors

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