History of THS

Almost 50 Years of Serving the Most Vulnerable in Our Community

See our history of serving those in need and how we’ve grown as an organization below.


THS expands school-based behavioral health services offered in Snohomish County through new contracts with Snohomish County and Stanwood-Camano School District.

Based on the success of the Access to Total Care program, LIHI (Low Income Housing Institute) contracts THS to provide behavioral health services at a temporary shelter created at Executive Pacific Hotel as well as LIHI operated tiny home villages.


THS is contracted by King County to provide Peer Life Coaches to navigate homeless or unstably housed youth and young adults to behavioral health services.
City of Seattle funds THS Access to Total Care program, providing behavioral health outreach, engagement and support to residents of sanctioned tiny home villages.

King County contracts THS to provide COVID-related EPRAP (Eviction Prevention Rental Assistance Program) relief to those at-risk of eviction.
THS receives funding from Seattle Foundation, Snohomish County, Schools Out Washington and HealthierHere to purchase telehealth hardware, license software for every behavioral health service provider within the organization.

THS develops and implements COVID-19 safety protocols which become a model for other behavioral health organizations, THS receives special recognition from US Office of the Inspector General.


With substantial IT funding from North Sound BHO, THS upgrades computer hardware, network capacity, and bandwidth across the entire organization


Patricia Edmond-Quinn appointed CEO by THS Board of Directors.

THS purchases Summit/Seneca branch location securing treatment site in the downtown core.

THS becomes the lead agency in King County for HUD-funded Youth Homeless Housing Navigators/Diversion Demonstration Project.

THS begins offering WISe services for transition-age youth and their families in Snohomish county.


THS recognized as a top-performing organization in delivering Best Starts For Kids Youth & Family Homeless Prevention Initiative at King County Executive Dow Constantine’s annual holiday press conference held at the Youth & Family Services Branch.


THS expands size of Kent Branch.

THS opioid addiction services, including Drug Court prominently featured in PBS Frontline documentary “Chasing Heroin”

THS is awarded contract by Seattle Housing Authority to provide social/emotional and academic support services to students living in Yesler Terrace and attending Garfield High School. THS opens first Primary Care and Women’s Wellness clinics at Summit/Seneca branch.


THS begins internship program with Sahmyook University in South Korea, expanding number of international medical students who come to THS to learn about the treatment of chemical dependency.

THS receives a two-year grant from Verdant to treat youth with co-occurring disorders through the THS Integrated Cognitive Therapy Program (ICTP).


THS is awarded King County Drug Court contract and becomes major provider of Drug Court services for adults.

THS receives a three-year accreditation by CARF for Opioid Substitution, Chemical Dependency and Mental Health Programs with the highest marks in agency history. Receives first time Aspire to Excellence certification for Governance.


THS offers services to female veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Sexual Trauma.

THS provides enrollment assistance to all program participants who are newly eligible to Medicaid expansion or other health insurance obtainable as part of the Affordable Care Act.


THS begins program with St. Tomas University in the Philippines to provide their physicians with training and experience in the treatment of chemical dependency.

Eastside branch begins offering Medication-Assisted Treatment in July 2012.


THS receives a three-year accreditation by CARF for behavioral health and opioid services (opioid services: Everett, Shoreline, Summit, Seneca).

THS begins providing outreach services to veterans through a program funded by King County Veterans Services Levy. THS provides outreach to 185 veterans in the first year of the program.


THS launches the ENCOMPASSTM program, an innovative treatment for youth with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.

THS opens Youth and Family Services-Kent in August, 2010 to treat young adults involved in King County Drug Court.

THS opens Summit Annex, housing pregnancy, parenting and women’s services.

The Youth and Family Branch in Everett opens in September 2010.


THS receives a three-year accreditation by CARF for behavioral health and opioid services (opioid services: Everett, Shoreline, Summit, Seneca).


THS purchases Snohomish/Everett site.



THS receives a three-year accreditation by CARF for behavioral health and opioid services (opioid services: Everett, Shoreline, Summit, Seneca).

The Snohomish/Everett site is certified by Washington State to provide alcohol and drug services.



THS is certified by Washington state to open a branch in Snohomish County.

THS’ Seneca Branch receives a three-year accreditation by CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission for opiate services.


The Eastside branch begins to provide chemical dependency treatment for Russian-speaking clients, and by the end of the year, clients were attending both individual sessions as well as the intensive outpatient treatment group.

THS actively works with Group Health Cooperative to establish a continuum of care to treat those referred by GHC.

THS engages and completes a major building remodel at the Summit Branch to enlarge the patient waiting area, patient bathrooms and to upgrade dispensaries. Additionally, automatic doors are installed to meet ADA requirements.

THS is awarded a three-year accreditation by CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission, for alcohol/drug, opiate, and mental health treatment services. This was our third consecutive three-year accreditation (the highest level of accreditation awarded).


THS’ Summit Branch patients and Bastyr University collaborate related to an Acupuncture Study conducted by Bastyr University. The study examines treatment outcomes for patients utilizing acupuncture services and patients who do not elect to utilize acupuncture services.

The data suggests that acupuncture participants were more likely to achieve favorable treatment outcomes, including retention in treatment and more favorable progress toward treatment goals. Additionally, patients receiving acupuncture appear to have a more positive orientation related to recovery and the treatment process.


THS and Eastside Recovery Center merge effective January 2000.

THS establishes Seneca Branch at 1305 Seneca Street.

Alvirita Little Award presented to Elizabeth Thomas, ARNP, for her leadership and advocacy on behalf of children and families and her work with children as a pediatric nurse practitioner.

Therapeutic Health Services sponsors a Russian social worker from Khabarovsk to spend two and a half months with THS staff learning how chemical dependency and mental health services are provided in the U.S. The social worker provides guidance to THS about developing treatment services for Seattle’s growing Russian-speaking communities.

Mental health providers on-site at all branches.


Focus on Families is recognized as one of eight programs nationally showing promise as an effective drug prevention program by The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Alvirita Little Award presented to Tsuguo “Ike” Ikeda for 50 years of service to at-risk youth and their families.

Therapeutic Health Services receives our second three-year re-certification from The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission (CARF) including accreditation for mental health programs.


The Focus on Families program is featured on PBS series “Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home”, produced and hosted by world-renowned journalist Bill Moyers.


Therapeutic Health Services celebrates 25 years of service to the community.

Alvirita Little Award is presented to Senator George McGovern.

THS is featured in a Japanese national TV documentary focusing on treatment solutions for the worldwide drug problem.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse recognizes Focus on Families as one of the nation’s top ten effective prevention programs.


THS chemical dependency treatment programs receive the highest level of international accreditation through CARF — The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission.


Alvirita Little Award is presented to the Drug/Alcohol 24 Hour Helpline.


Therapeutic Health Services offers long-term, mental health patient housing.


THS merges with Central Area Mental Health — now the Rainier Branch. THS is the first agency in Washington licensed to provide both mental health and chemical dependency services.


The first Alvirita Little Award is presented to New York City’s Mother Hale.


The Alvirita Little Award is created to honor individuals or organizations that have contributed continuously and selflessly to children, youth, adults and families at risk, especially those affected by chemical dependency and mental illness.


THS is certified to provide alcohol treatment in addition to chemical dependency services.

An additional branch opens to serve “non-traditional” drug abuse patients such as medical professionals, white-collar workers and professional athletes.


Therapeutic Health Services becomes a United Way of King County member agency.


Chemical dependency and support services for pregnant women begins – the first in the state of Washington.


Therapeutic Health Services (THS) is founded as the Center for Addiction Services.

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