The Substance Use Disorder Program provides assessments, early intervention groups, treatment groups, referral services, family support, parent coaching and aftercare to meet the needs of youth and families living in and around Kent. We serve ages 11-24 years old and their families. 

Treatment Philosophy

Our youth-centered approach to treatment services creates a welcoming and supportive environment for clients and families struggling with substance use. By offering a judgement free treatment experience to clients and families, and a positive approach to recovery, we empower our clients to practice the skills necessary to avoid substance use, make thoughtful decisions, and achieve their goals.

Prevention and Treatment Services Offered

Group Counseling Services

KYFS offers Outpatient, intensive outpatient, and a number of other groups. All groups are based on curriculum that give the youth knowledge, skills, understanding and structure to help them abstain from substance use. In order to complete the group, all youth must demonstrate the ability to abstain from substance abuse for 10 consecutive weeks and achieve goals that are mutually agreed upon with their counselor. These goals typically relate to academics, communication, healthy living, etc. The intensity (number of group hours per week) is based on the needs of your child and how much support they need in order to be successful on an outpatient basis. Youth with less risk factors and more protective factors are recommended to a lower intensity treatment. While youth with higher risk factors and lower protective factors are referred to a higher intensity treatment. In addition to different levels of intensity, there are also a number of different Substance Use Counseling Groups.


KYFS provides Substance Use Disorder assessments, treatment recommendations, and referrals for all youth ages 13-22 regardless of income.

Individual Counseling Services

Often we include counseling as part of treatment, because it gives the youth and their counselor an opportunity to works on issues impacting their lives that would not be appropriate to address in a group setting. This work looks at the more unique risk factors a youth presents with, such as a history of abuse, sexual identity issues, mental health issues, etc.

Family Counseling

Since chemical dependency affects the entire family, we believe it is essential that families participate in their child’s treatment program. Often this comes in the form of attending the parent support group, but sometimes also involves family counseling. During family counseling, we address the impact of substance use on the family, communication styles and patters, conflict management and problem solving skills. All these sessions are designed to increase the functional level of the family that has been impacted by chemical dependency.

Back on Track

Back on Track is an early intervention/prevention group. During the course of this group youth work on “getting back on track.” This means different things for different youth, but typically revolves around improving academic performance, looking at their involvement in illegal activities and the thinking errors, peer influence, etc. that contribute to their illegal behaviors. They also learn and practice skills related to communication, problem solving, conflict management and substance use.

Youth Oriented Alcohol/Drug Information School

This educational class is eight hours and focuses on the psychological, sociological, physiological, and legal consequences of alcohol and drug use. The intent of the ADIS class is to promote healthy decision making, promote public safety, and reduce irresponsible practices caused by alcohol and drugs. This class meets Washington State DOL, DBHR, and mandated ADIS requirements. Cost associated with the program is $90. A sliding fee is available.

Process for Entering Services

To begin services, please contact us at 253-859-0300. We will work with you to set an assessment appointment, which is the first step in the process.

KYFS provides a standardized comprehensive substance use disorder assessment to each youth before they enter treatment. KYFS counselors administer the Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN), a biopsychosocial assessment tool. This clinical tool effectively identifies the youth’s individual concerns and assists with determining the appropriate level of care. To cover the cost of the assessment, KYFS accepts Medicaid (Provider One) and most private insurances. For those without insurance, a sliding scale is utilized or funding may be available through the Division of Behavioral Health, depending on income.

Completion of Treatment

All treatment is individually tailored to the needs of the youth we are serving. Therefore, there is no set duration for treatment. Youth complete treatment when they have demonstrated the ability to abstain from alcohol and other drugs for at least 10 consecutive weeks while also making positive changes in their life. We do not consider abstinence to be the sole marker for successful completion because if the young person does not make other changes in their life then the likelihood for a return to use greatly increases.


KYFS offers a variety of payment options for treatment. For substance abuse and co-occurring treatment we accept Medicaid (Provider One), private insurances and sliding scale. For those without insurance, the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery provides funding depending upon your income. When you call to set up an appointment we can discuss your options with you.

Meeting Location

Kent Youth and Family Services
232 Second Avenue S.
Suite 201
Kent, WA 98032