About Us

LWC’s purpose is to provide residential care and community outpatient mental health programs and treatment in a psycho-social rehabilitation model for chronically mentally ill adults to facilitate their achieving and maintaining an optimal level of independence, health, and fulfillment.

LWC excels in understanding and providing levels of service based on ability to recognize where the consumer is in their recovery.  Services are provided to meet individual needs and incorporate natural supports.


Lake Whatcom Residential and Treatment Center was created in 1968 as a non-profit, 501(C)(3) organization in Whatcom County, under the name Blue Canyon Foundation.  In the early 70’s, our focus shifted from developmental disabilities and elderly care to mental health.  In 1980 we moved closer to Bellingham and changed our name to Lake Whatcom Residential and Treatment Center – Lake Whatcom Center (LWC) for short.  Since then we have expanded our services and currently provide licensed residential care in our boarding home, independent supported living, community outpatient mental health services, intensive mental health services (IOP and PACT), employment services, and protective payee services.