Behavioral health and recovery

Behavioral health is a term that covers the full range of mental and emotional well-being – from day-to-day challenges of life, to treating mental health and substance use disorders.

HCA integrates state-funded (Medicaid) services for substance use, mental health and problem gambling. We provide funding, training, and technical assistance to community-based providers for prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support services to people in need.

With our community, state, and national partners, we are committed to providing evidence-based, cost-effective services that support the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities in Washington State.


Our goals are to prevent substance use disorders and support holistic, evidence-based, person-centered care that addresses both medical and behavioral health conditions.

Some of the ways our services are making a difference include:

  • Decreasing costs to the public for criminal justice, medical care, foster care and financial assistance;
  • Helping people achieve higher levels of education, find living-wage jobs, and access affordable and supported housing; and
  • Strengthening families so children have the care and support they need to reach their full potential.

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