Diversion Center

The Snohomish County Diversion Center is a short-term, residential program designed for the county's homeless population (often living in encampments), who are addicted to drugs (primarily opioids) and may be struggling with untreated mental health needs and/or committing low-level crimes to live and support their addiction.

Diversion centers have been found to reduce recidivism and use of crisis and emergency resources, as well as decrease behaviors associated with untreated mental health and substance use disorders. The mission of the Snohomish County Diversion Center is to: reduce criminal justice recidivism and costs, increase participation in treatment services, and increase housing stability for homeless individuals struggling with untreated mental illness and addiction.

Skilled staff are onsite 24/7 to provide

  • thorough needs assessment
  • medical and behavioral health screening at intake and medical monitoring throughout stay
  • assertive engagement in available services
  • medically-assisted treatment options
  • and individualized support and recovery plan development.
Diversion Center exterior

Prospective participants will be identified by the county’s law enforcement/embedded social worker teams and assigned a case manager to help them enroll in treatment options, including medication assisted treatment, inpatient residential treatment, and/or other social services to address individual needs.

The Snohomish County Diversion Center is intended to help those suffering from behavioral health and substance abuse challenges who are frequent users of expensive public safety and public health services. Most of these individuals are also homeless. Approximately 40 beds will be used for short-term placement and shelter (up to 15 days). Prospective participants will be identified by the county’s law enforcement/embedded social worker teams and assigned a case manager to help them enroll in treatment options, including medication assisted treatment, inpatient residential treatment, and/or other social services to address individual needs. The population served may be expanded as other complementary community services come online.