Residential Treatment Facility



Lake Whatcom Residential and Treatment Center (LWC), located in Bellingham, Washington, is a DSHS licensed not-for-profit organization providing an array of residential, community mental health and co-occurring substance use disorder services to adults with severe and persistent mental illness in Whatcom and surrounding counties.

Understanding the most severe and persistent mental illness means meeting the consumers’ needs and understanding their ability to meet their goal of recovery. This is the foundation of care that consumers receive at LWC.  Services are provided to meet individual needs and incorporate natural supports to integrate to the maximum level of independence.


Lake Whatcom Center provides-Baker Creek Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use diagnosis. BCRTF location is a 32-bed facility located in Bellingham, Washington. BCRTF is a specialty program specializing in treating adults with severe and persistent mental challenges who are diagnosed with major depression, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder, to name a few, in occurrence with Substance Use challenges. We aim to provide a true Co-Occurring model to a population who normally slips through the cracks of the system.


We hope this program will set a standard in our field of providers and supply a beacon of hope to our community. We are providing services aimed to prevent worsening of conditions, and reduce the suffering and pain in individuals when struggling with co-occurring disorders. We offer that ANYONE can recover, and support individuals in searching for meaning in their life again.

Baker Creek is proud to serve communal-view, evidence based deliverables of Recovery & Hope to our community, clients and stakeholders alike.

Baker Creek Residential Treatment Facility
1641 Baker Creek Place
Bellingham, WA  98226



  • Comprehensive client needs screening
  • Medication Support Services
  • BAKER CREEK staff are culturally competent and include a RN, licensed Mental Health Professionals, Co-Occurring Clinicians and Chemical Dependency Professionals
  • Evidence-based practices
  • Motivational programming within a therapeutic milieu
  • Integrated treatment planning and recovery-focused engagement
  • Mental health treatment
  • WRAP-Wellness Recovery Action Plan
  • Life-skills and time management training
  • Relapse Prevention groups
  • Relapse behavior recognition groups
  • Basic living skills, nutrition, health, recreation and recovery lifestyle classes
  • Coping skills, grief and loss, self-esteem and trauma survivor groups
  • Meditation, Mindfulness and relaxation exercises
  • Art Therapy
  • Culturally Sensitive Approaches
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Vocational workshops include (when appropriate) strength based job search skills, job interviewing skills and practice, resume building, & tools for job rejection.
  • Interdisciplinary team weekly client reviews of medication compliance, attendance in groups and classes, client behavior, participation and engagement in substance use disorder and mental health counseling, involvement in case management and aftercare discharge planning
  • Interagency access to medical services, continuing care, counseling, and employment services.
  • BAKER CREEK can continue serving Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) clients on Suboxone/Subutex/Vivitrol and other Opiate Treatment Programs (OTP)/Opioid Substitution Treatments (OST).




BAKER CREEK accepts individuals who are 18 years and older who meet the criteria for medical necessity or intensive inpatient services.




  • Must be diagnosed with a mental health and substance use disorder
  • Individuals will need a current mental health provider as having a mental illness.
  • Must have a Substance Use Diagnosis and/or ASAM LOC assessment (3.3-3.5) within the last 6 months.
  • Medically stable enough to independently manage physical/medical needs (not requiring staff observation/assistance in addressing needs
  • Completion of BCRTF Referral Pre-Admit Packet.

Click here to download BCRTF Referral Pre-Admit Packet

To discuss how we can serve you, call (360) 398-5300, Office Hours: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.