Humboldt County, California, has some of the highest rates in the state of drug and alcohol related outcomes including liver disease, suicide, unintentional motor vehicle injuries and drug overdoses. Of the 2,196 opioid overdoses in the state of California in 2017, 28 occurred in Humboldt County – making it the second-highest fatal opioid overdose rate in the state. Until 2017, detoxification services through in a tri-county region of rural, northern California were limited to a 9-bed social detox program located in a small Victorian house with a long waiting list.
“Waterfront Recovery Services (WRS) has filled a huge care gap in Humboldt County,” said Dana Codron, Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH) Regional Community Health Investment Director.
The new facility that includes a 56-bed medically managed detoxification and residential treatment center was made possible by a $1.2 million-dollar grant that St. Joseph Health Community Benefit obtained from the Well Being Trust, a national foundation launched by PSJH. The facility is operated by Alcohol and Drug Care Services (ADCS). The result of this partnership is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary treatment team, oversight by a medical director, and aftercare that includes assistance with life skills, employment, education, family reunification and housing.
PSJH and ADCS are committed to advocacy for the underserved as well as fostering mental, emotional and spiritual well-being as part of their vision in addressing long term social determinants of health.
“The experience here at WRS has probably saved my life. I cannot express in words how wonderful this program has been. The staff are very caring, and I would recommend WRS to anybody trying to get clean”, said a recent resident.
“Recovery, like the addiction itself, comes with a complex set of circumstances. This facility addresses each patient holistically with the goal of helping them develop the tools they need to navigate their individual lives in a healthier, supported way,” said Codron.
In the first 10 months of service, WRS admitted 411 people to detox and 131 people directly to residential treatment. They have a 72% completion rate for detox and a 66% completion rate for residential treatment.