DSHS schedules public hearing on proposed opioid treatment program in Cowlitz County

Release Date: 
Dec 22 2017
DSHS Office of Communications
Kelly Stowe

OLYMPIA- The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has scheduled a public hearing in Cowlitz County to receive comments on plans for a new substance use disorder treatment program.

These proposed services will improve access to essential health care for people who are dependent on opioids, such as heroin and OxyContin. 

Kelso Treatment Solutions is requesting to operate at 305 Pacific Avenue South, Suite C in Kelso. The treatment program includes medication such as methadone or buprenorphine products as well as case management, therapeutic treatment services and medical oversight. Kelso Treatment Solutions is seeking certification through DSHS’ Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR).

The public hearing will begin 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the Longview Public Library located at 1600 Louisiana Street.

In order to become a licensed and certified agency, they must be registered with the Washington State Department of Health’s Board of Pharmacy, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, certified by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Division of Pharmacological Therapies and be accredited by a federally recognized organization. 

Opening the proposed program will improve access to essential health care services for Cowlitz County and surrounding county residents. Find out more regarding treatment for opioid use disorders and the related cost savings in health care and arrests/convictions by using the SAMHSA mobile app.  Also online are facts for families and friends about medication-assisted treatment, information about methadone, and information about buprenorphine products.


DSHS does not discriminate and provides equal access to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, color, gender, religion, creed, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, age, veteran’s status or the presence of any physical, sensory or mental disability.