Most people don’t imagine starting their healing journey with court-ordered therapy. But here at Willapa Behavioral Health and Wellness, we genuinely care about helping you and your loved ones. We’re not just here to offer treatment; we’ll also stand by your side in court, protect your privacy, and handle any communication with the legal system. This way, you can concentrate fully on getting better without any extra worries.

Court Ordered Therapy
Have you been issued a court order for a therapy services
This may have also been referred to as: DWI assessment, Substance abuse assessment, Chemical dependency evaluation, Drug & alcohol evaluation, or Addiction assessment
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What Does Court-ordered Therapy Ential?

In Washington, there’s a program called Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT). It’s essentially therapy that the court asks people to attend, especially if state agencies notice struggles with substance use, mental health, or behaviors that could be risky.

Here at Willapa Behavioral Health & Wellness, what we really want is to help improve your life and reduce the chances of you facing the same challenges again. We work hand-in-hand with the courts, always keeping the lines of communication open. Here’s what we offer:

  • Case Management• Coordinating and overseeing an individual’s treatment plan.
    • Collaborating with courts, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders to ensure the individual receives comprehensive care and support.
  • Counseling• Providing therapy sessions to address underlying issues, traumas, and triggers.
    • Assisting in developing coping strategies and tools for personal growth and recovery.
  • Medication Management• Overseeing and adjusting prescriptions to treat and manage mental health disorders or substance use issues.
    • Collaborating with psychiatrists and physicians to ensure optimal therapeutic outcomes.
  • Peer Support• Connecting individuals with trained peers who have personal experience in recovery.
    • Offering guidance, shared experiences, and support to help individuals navigate their journey toward well-being.

Can Therapy Be An Alternative To Prosecution?

Washington offers a supportive alternative to prosecution through Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs). Instead of traditional legal proceedings, DPAs provide an opportunity to prioritize healing and recovery, allowing individuals to address the underlying causes of their challenges.

DPAs are recognized and endorsed by many prosecutors. This approach emphasizes the importance of holistic healing. But it’s important for anyone considering the DPA path to know this isn’t just a ‘get out of jail free’ card. It’s about truly understanding and addressing the root causes of substance abuse and mental health issues. When you choose the DPA route, you’ll receive a tailored treatment plan, uniquely crafted to meet your needs, making sure you get the best shot at a full recovery and easing back into everyday life.

Preparing for Your Initial Assessment

Embarking on the recovery journey necessitates having all requisite paperwork in order. This encompasses:

  • A valid ID
  • A copy of the court order for therapy
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)

Please bring any pertinent documents related to the topics below, or be prepared to discuss them:

  • Any previous mental health assessments or reports
  • A list of any medications you are currently taking
  • A list of any medical conditions you have
  • A list of any social or environmental stressors you are experiencing

Understanding the Evaluation Process

Starting your recovery journey means discovering what you need. To do this, we conduct an initial assessment, this is pivotal in devising an effective treatment plan. Our assessments are rooted in the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria. Here’s what is evaluated during the 2-hour assessment session:

Your Support Systems: Recognizing the presence of friends and family who support your journey.

Symptom Analysis: Evaluating the symptoms you report, considering both environmental and physiological factors.

Risk Assessment: Analyzing risks related to self-harm, harm to others, and suicidality.

Your Medical History: Reviewing any engagement in substance abuse and current medications.

Your Coping Mechanisms: Understanding your strategies for dealing with stress and adversity.

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment: If drug use is identified as a problem, recommendations for SUD and mental health treatment will be made based on ASAM criteria.

*Note: Please arrive 30 minutes early to your assessment to complete intake paperwork.

Treatment Options Based on Personalized Assessment

We do our best to tailor your treatment to cater to your unique needs. This encompasses medication, therapy targeted at your specific diagnosis, peer support, and lifestyle modifications. Depending on your needs, recommendations can range from:

  • Inpatient Treatment (for more intensive care)
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) (less intensive care
  • Private or government-sponsored online or in-person classes (least intensive care)


What is the Involuntary Treatment Act in Washington state?

The Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA) in Washington state provides a framework for the involuntary detention, evaluation, and commitment of individuals experiencing a mental or substance use disorder.

This process allows for either a police officer or a mental health professional to detain a person for up to 72 hours in an Evaluation and Treatment (E&T) Facility. Superior Court judicial officers can then decide whether civil commitment is necessary.

What is the RCW 71.05 455?

Washington state law 71.05 455 dictates that any individuals threatening or attempting suicide must be referred to applicable mental health agencies, and it requires the establishment of model policies related to this situation. This legislation originated in Washington State as a way of providing support for people struggling with suicidal thoughts or actions.

What documents should I bring to my initial assessment for court-ordered therapy in Washington?

Bring your driver’s abstract, license or ID and the court paperwork to your first assessment session for therapy ordered by a Washington-based court.

What can I expect during my first visit for court-ordered therapy in Washington?

At your initial court-mandated therapy visit in Washington, you will typically undergo an assessment lasting two hours based on the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria.