What is MERIT Resource Services?

The Basics:

Our corporate name is The Valley Alcohol Council, Inc. We were founded in 1979 as the first outpatient alcohol and other drug treatment provider in the Lower Yakima Valley. We began to provide services as MERIT Resource Services in 1992. MERIT is a nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. In July, 2015, MERIT Resource Services merged with Alcohol Drug Dependency Services in Ellensburg and will continue to provide all programs as MERIT Resource Services in Yakima and Kittitas counties.


 More about us:

  • We are members of The Washington State Alcoholism and Addictions Programs (AAP); The Washington State Association of Independent Outpatient Providers; The Central Washington Chemical Dependency Treatment Providers Alliance; and The National Association of Addictions Treatment Providers  
  • All four of our sites are state approved by The Department of Behavioral Health and Recovery
  • MERIT Resource Services professional staff is made up of Washington State Department of Health certified Chemical Dependency Professions and Chemical Dependency Professional Trainees
  • We are the sole provider of outpatient services to the Yakima County Drug Court Program, the Yakima County DUI Court Program and to the United States District "Step Program" Drug Court in Yakima County
  • We are a partner agency with The United Way of Central Washington
  • In addition to all phases and services for an outpatient provider, we have been offering Student Assistance Programs on-site at local School districts for over 20 years
  • We were the first agency in Washington State to provide services in Spanish


MERIT Resource Services Management Team

Left to Right:

Loretta Oliveras-Operations Manager

George Davis-Clinical Supervisor (Yakima & Ellensburg)

Dave Wilson-Executive Director

Shereen Hunt-Treatment Director

Andy Esparza-Clinical Supervisor (Sunnyside, Toppenish & Wapato)