To support recovery for all in need by providing access to quality assessment, education, integrated treatment services and co-occuring services for substance use disorders and behavioral health needs.
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’s leadership embraces the values of accountability and responsibility. Our agency strives to provide the highest level of professionalism and ethical conduct. MERIT is a member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP). MERIT adheres to the NAATP ethical codes of conduct. Please click on this link to read the code of ethics: https://www.naatp.org/resources/ethics
Merit Resource Services Management Team
Left to Right
Dave Wilson — Executive Director
Shereen Hunt — Treatment Director
Loretta Olivares — Operations Manager
Lorraine Bramstedt - Business Manager
Caroline Wilson - Insurance Billing Administrator
Pedro Lopez — Clinical Supervisor (Yakima)
Andy Esparza — Clinical Supervisor (Kennewick and Pasco)
Bobbie Turner - Clinical Supervisor (Sunnyside)
Jill Stanton - Clinical Supervisor (Toppenish and Wapato)
Michael Clement - Clinical Supervisor (Ellensburg)
We Are a Nonprofit Organization