Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department

Spokane County is dedicated to bettering the
lives of our region’s most vulnerable individuals.


The Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department (CSHCD) is dedicated to strengthening our communities and helping our region’s most vulnerable residents achieve and maintain healthier and more independent lives in a safe environment. The CSHCD Department, as approved by the Spokane County Board of Commissioners, is responsible for regional funding and administrative oversight for targeted programs benefiting low-income and homeless individuals in need of mental health and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services, employment services for those with developmental disabilities, and housing resources. 

The CSHCD Department strategically recommends and contracts for programs and services that focus on the following areas:

  • Integration of mental health and substance use disorder services
  • Supporting criminal justice diversion services as alternatives to incarceration
  • Early intervention, prevention, and treatment
  • Reducing homelessness and hospitalizations
  • Promoting employment and educational services
  • Increasing affordable housing

Please click on the below-listed links to view the CSHCD Organizational Chart as well as a summary of the CSHCD Department's funding, contracted services, and populations served.

Director's Letter
2021 CSHCD Org Chart

  1. CSHCD SCRBH (BH-ASO)
  2. CAReS
  3. Community Development
  4. Developmental Disabilities

Giving a helping hand

Mission Statement

The Spokane County CSHCD SCRBH (ASO) Division's mission is to assist Individuals experiencing mental illness and/or substance use challenges achieve success in their recovery journey, through the provision of high-quality and culturally responsive array of services dedicated to empowering Individuals and their families to achieve safer, healthier, and more independent lives. The Division ensures our range of care, resources, and services are person-driven, build on strengths and opportunities, and are available and accessible to Individuals and their families.

The CSHCD SCRBH offers services and resources that value:

  • Safety and health;
  • Culturally Appropriate Care, social justice, and sensitivity;
  • Recognition that achieving wellness is a reality;
  • The dignity of each Individual to determine their own path;
  • Active partnerships with related services that also assist the Individual; and
  • Promoting a purposeful, satisfying quality of life in one's own community.

Vision Statement

The CSHCD SCRBH's vision is to be a leader in transforming the delivery of high-quality behavioral health care through integrated services that are responsive to individual needs.

The CSHCD SCRBH is dedicated to a culture of continuous quality assessment and performance improvement. Standards and goals for the crisis system are aligned with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

The CSHCD SCRBH is responsible for contracting and funding the following services for individuals in Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, and Stevens counties.

  • Mental Health and substance use disorder crisis services and involuntary treatment evaluations for individuals within the Spokane RSA;
  • Involuntary detentions to psychiatric facilities or secure withdrawal management and stabilization services for non-Medicaid individuals within the Spokane RSA;
  • Treatment and monitoring of non-Medicaid individuals within the Spokane RSA who have active Lesser Restrictive Alternative (LRA) court orders or Conditional Release orders; and
  • Non-crisis behavioral health services for non-Medicaid individuals in the Spokane RSA who are at or below the two hundred twenty percent (220%) Federal Poverty Level (FPL) utilizing General Fund State (GFS) or Federal Block Grants (FBG).