Services

Boarding Home

Lake Whatcom Center’s 67-bed, 24 hour a day supervised living program specializes in clients who wish to transition into the community as well as those who require long-term care. Clients are encouraged to assume as much responsibility as possible in the areas of independent living. To assist with this goal, our program consists of daily activities following the rehabilitative model. Clients residing in our boarding home must at least 18 years old and ambulatory. Key Components and services:
  • meals
  • assistance with activities of daily living
  • arranging and coordinating health care services
  • laundry facilities and assistance
  • assistance with medications
  • assistance budgeting and maintaining benefits
  • assistance with leisure activities
  • shuttle van services to public transit

Independent Living

Lake Whatcom Center operates 6 apartment complexes providing safe and affordable housing in the community.  Most of our apartments are two bedroom and are therefore shared with a roommate.  All apartments are completely furnished and supplied with all kitchen utensils, linens and small appliances. Lake Whatcom Center works with the Bellingham Whatcom County Housing Authority to help clients with rental assistance and subsidies.

Community Case Management

Lake Whatcom Center’s case management program offers individualized support for people with chronic mental illness to reach treatment outcomes.  Areas of support focus on housing, employment, education, daily activity, financial and legal issues, psychiatric and medical care, social and personal growth. The intensity of services is continually adjusted to address the full spectrum of treatment from crisis intervention to independence of case management. The service is provided to meet individual needs and incorporates natural support to integrate to the maximum level of independence. Community case management services are available from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.  Services are provided in both office-based and outreach environments.

Key Components and Services:

  • maintaining apartment cleanliness
  • assistance with shopping, menu planning and cooking
  • assistance with attending medical/dental appointments
  • medication monitoring up to 2 – 3 days per week
  • assistance with budgeting and maintaining benefits
  • assistance with leisure activities
  • assistance with transportation issues
  • referral for substance abuse issues
  • assistance with self care (personal hygiene and laundry)
  • referral for employment services
  • psychiatric evaluations and medications
  • crisis assessment and intervention during regular business hours
 

Employment Services

Lake Whatcom Center’s employment services program offers assistance in determining employability, employment exploration and preparation, job placement, and job retention. Our Supported Employment Specialist will create an individualized job and career development plan for each client.

Key Components and Services:

  • personal career goals and desired outcomes of the client
  • assessment of work history, skills and education
  • preparation skills
  • assistance in locating employment opportunities
  • outreach and job coaching
  • long term support in a normalized or integrated work site
  • working with other resources in the community

The pre-employment program includes assessment, development and improvement of general work skills as well as interviewing, writing resumes and completing applications.

Medical Services

Lake Whatcom Center has two psychiatrists who perform psychiatric evaluations and prescriptive services. There are also licensed nursing staff in our boarding home, community outpatient office and PACT program. 

IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program)

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is a home and community-based treatment program. Team members work together to provide intensive, coordinated and integrated treatment. Services are provided mostly on an outreach basis and are designed to rehabilitate individuals who are experiencing persistent and severe mental illness symptoms.  The IOP services are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The staff to client ratio is 1 staff member to 15 clients. Most services are provided on an outreach basis; in the clients home, job site, accompaniment to medical appointments, etc.

Key components and services:

  • maintaining apartment cleanliness
  • assistance with shopping, menu planning and cooking
  • assistance with attending medical/dental appointments
  • medication monitoring up to 7 days a week
  • monitoring and assistance with diabetic issues
  • assistance with budgeting and maintaining benefits
  • assistance with leisure activities
  • assistance with transportation issues
  • referral for substance abuse issues
  • assistance with self care (personal hygiene and laundry)
  • referral for employment services
  • psychiatric evaluation and medications
  • crisis assessment and intervention 

PACT (Program for Assertive Community Treatment)

Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) is a person-centered recovery oriented mental health service, which is delivered by a transdisciplinary mental health staff in the community. The PACT team consists of a team leader, psychiatrist, registered nurses, mental health professionals, peer specialist, vocational specialist and chemical dependency specialist to holistically meet the complex needs of the client.  The Lake Whatcom Center PACT team will serve 75 adults with severe and persistent mental illness such as Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder, and Bipolar disorder. PACT services are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

PACT is for people with severe and persistent mental illness who also experience difficulties with daily living activities and tasks, and have not benefited from traditional programs.

Key components and services:

  • crisis assessment and intervention
  • symptom management and psychotherapy
  • co-occurring disorders services
  • vocational and educational services
  • peer support
  • medication prescription, administration and monitoring
  • assistance activities of daily living
  • social and community integration skills training
  • family and natural supports psycho-education and support
  • person centered treatment planning
  • wellness management and recovery services         

Protective Payee Services

LWC offers representative payee services for our clients. Many individuals with disabilities have had little opportunity to develop money management skills resulting in the necessity for a payee being assigned for their cash benefit.  As a payee, LWC follows guidelines put in place by the Social Security Administration and the Department of Social and Health Services. These guidelines assure the clients’ basic needs are always met. LWC’s payee establishes a budget with each client and assists in educating and assisting in money management to ensure financial stability.