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Recognized for “blazing the trail to show how it can be done”

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Recognized for “blazing the trail to show how it can be done”

Residence XII, an alcohol and chemical dependency treatment center in Kirkland, Washington, received a 2008 Science and Service Award from the national Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). The award recognizes exemplary implementation of treatment for mental illnesses or substance abuse. SAMSHA stated that Residence XII has “worked to improve [the] community and the lives of individuals by providing the best service possible.”


Residence XII was one of the first gender-specific treatment centers for women with alcohol and drug abuse issues in the country; research has confirmed that women achieve better outcomes in gender-specific treatment. The agency has served over 10,000 women and their families since 1981 and has received numerous awards including the 2008 James W. West Quality Improvement Award from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP). Residence XII has consistently received the highest level of accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).


In order to continue to advance state-of-the-art treatment for women, Residence XII began the Trauma Integration Project in February of 2007. This research project took into account the high rate of traumatic life experiences in women who were in need of substance abuse treatment. By addressing these experiences with a specific curriculum during treatment, both the frequency and severity of trauma symptoms decreased. Additionally this research found a decline in the number of women who abused substances while in outpatient treatment. With strong evidence of clinical benefit, minimal additional cost and long-term sustainability, Residence XII has now integrated the program into their outpatient services.