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Daybreak is a private, non-profit corporation founded in 1978 by a group of citizens in Spokane, who were affiliated with the Whitworth Community Presbyterian Church. They sought to enact their Christian faith through service to troubled youth. A community assessment revealed that there were no substance abuse facilities for youth in the Spokane area, – more... so they set about to create an organization that would provide those services to teens and families.

The Outpatient program opened its doors in December 1980 with support from churches, civic groups, community volunteers, and County officials. The program began as a day treatment for youth who had been expelled from school due to their chemical use, and provided both academic instruction and substance abuse counseling.

Today, the Outpatient program employs seven full-time counselors at two locations in Spokane city and valley, serving over 300 youth per year in weekly individual, group, and family counseling.

The Inpatient program began in July 1984 under a contract from the State of Washington, and with the generous donation of at 12-bed facility at the Morning Star Boysê Ranch. This was a regional program set up to serve youth from Spokane and throughout eastern Washington. The program was expanded to 20 beds in 1987 but demand for these services continued to grow and a significant percentage of referrals now came from western Washington as well. A contract with the State of Idaho in 1992 further expanded our service area. It was clear that we needed a newer, larger facility, and a search was begun in early 1996.

In 1998 we moved the Inpatient program into a newly remodeled 40-bed facility on Cowley street in downtown Spokane. This was a very large undertaking, made possible by grants from the State of Washington, the Comstock Foundation, and many local donors. In the first year of operation at this facility, the Inpatient program served nearly 300 clients, an increase of 50% over the previous year.

In January 1999 Daybreak opened the Secure Crisis Inpatient Center in the Inpatient treatment facility. This is a new venture for Daybreak, because while this is a needed service to youth and families, it is not specifically a substance abuse treatment program.

The SCRC provides safe, secure shelter, assessment, and crisis counseling to runaway youth who are brought by law enforcement. In its first six months of operation, the SCRC has served approximately 150 clients.

In November 1999 Daybreak opened a 12-bed inpatient treatment facility for boys in Vancouver, Washington, under a cooperative agreement with Janus Youth Programs, Clark County Community Services, and the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. In October 2001 the facility was expanded to house 16 boys. – lessMore from ZoomInfo »

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