Substance Use Disorders - Assessment and Treatment Requirements for ABD, HEN Referral, and PWA

Revised on: March 28, 2018

WAC 388-447-0120 -How does alcohol or drug dependence affect my eligibility for referral to the housing and essential needs (HEN) program?

WAC 388-449-0220 -How does alcohol or drug dependence affect my eligibility for the ABD cash and pregnant women assistance programs?


Clarifying Information 

  1. When we have current objective information that indicates an ABD or HEN Referral recipient may have a substance use disorder that is material to the client’s incapacitating or disabling condition(s), ABD and HEN Referral recipients must complete a chemical dependency assessment as a condition of eligibility. Indications of a substance use disorder include, but are not limited to:
    1. A diagnosis of a substance use disorder;
    2. Signs of intoxication noted by a medical provider;
    3. Medical or mental health chart notes indicating overuse or misuse of prescribed medication;
    4. Recent legal problems associated with substance use (e.g. as reported by the client or documented via medical records); or
    5. Statement from the client that their substance use is a barrier to employment
  2. When we have current objective information that indicates a PWA recipient may have a substance use disorder, PWA recipients must complete a chemical dependency assessment as a condition of eligibility.
  3. If a current chemical dependency assessment from a certified chemical dependency counselor indicates a need for treatment, ABD, HEN Referral, and PWA recipients must participate in recommended treatment as a condition of eligibility.
    1. Chemical dependency assessments are valid for 6 months. Once a client is engaged in substance use treatment, it is not necessary to obtain a new chemical dependency assessment unless otherwise recommended by the client’s treatment provider.
  4. Good cause for failure to complete a chemical dependency assessment or treatment is limited to the following:
    1. The recipient’s physical or mental impairment(s) prevent them from participating based on a review of available objective medical evidence;
    2. The outpatient substance use disorder treatment the recipient needs is not available in the county where they reside; or
    3. The inpatient substance use disorder treatment the recipient needs is not available in an area they can reasonably access.
  5. When a client is terminated from ABD, HEN Referral, or PWA due to a failure to follow through with an assessment or treatment without good cause, the client remains ineligible until they take necessary steps (within their power) to resolve their non-cooperation.
  6. The Disability Specialist monitors assessment and treatment requirements for ABD, HEN Referral, and PWA clients. (See CSD Procedures Handbook: Substance Use Disorder Assessment and Treatment- ABD, HEN Referral, and PWA)