MERIT provides outpatient drug and alcohol treatment services in Ellensburg, Yakima, Sunnyside, Wapato, Toppenish, Pasco, and Kennewick. Our Washington State-approved, CARF-accredited agency offers confidential substance abuse help. We’ve been providing high-quality, low-cost addiction services for Central Washington residents since 1979.
What Makes MERIT’s Substance Abuse Treatment Center Different?
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. In February 2017 Merit Resource Services expanded into Benton County and opened up an office in Kennewick and in 2020 opened an office in Pasco.
MERIT Offers Many Types of Substance Abuse Help
Our certified and qualified substance use disorder professionals can help you find the best program to meet your needs. We offer a variety of options for people with mild, moderate, and severe addiction, including:
Alcohol and drug treatment assessment, education, and referrals
Outpatient, intensive outpatient, and telehealth programs
Relapse prevention, continuing recovery, and aftercare
Addiction treatment for adults and adolescents, including family groups
English and Spanish-speaking services
Employee Assistance Programs and Student Assistance Programs
Alcohol drug information school (ADIS)
Deferred prosecution evaluations
Get Addiction Help from Our Caring, Skilled Substance Abuse Treatment Staff
We understand the field of substance use disorders, providing high-quality, effective addiction treatment services that promote dignity and respect for everyone we serve. We staff our clinic with national and state-certified, trained substance use disorder professional. Our in-depth evaluations ensure thorough assessment and proper referral.
96% of patients
said their counselor was knowledgeable about their treatment
97% OF PATIENTS
said their counselor was helpful and answered questions
93% OF PATIENTS
said since starting treatment they are learning to enjoy activities without substance
87% OF PATIENTS
said relationships with friends and family have improved over the last 30 days
93% OF PATIENTS
recommend Merit outpatient to others