About PCA


Licensed Services and Accreditations

The Pierce County Alliance is licensed by the State of Washington for substance use disorder treatment, mental health therapy and domestic violence counseling.

All substance use counselor staff are state-certified as treatment professionals and all mental health counselors are licensed therapists.

The agency is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for meeting high standards of operations that support a “person-centered” approach for both clients and staff.

The Pierce County Alliance is a long-time member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) and a founding member of the Washington State Association of Drug Court Professionals (WSADCP).

In 2014, the Pierce County Alliance received a “Community Transformation Award” from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) for its work in “…reducing drug addiction and crime, restoring hope and reuniting families.

In In 2022, the NADCP awarded PCA’s Executive Director the prestigious Harvey Goldstein Hall of Fame award for her life-time achievements in propagating and implementing drug court programs. 

Pierce County Alliance OVERVIEW

The Pierce County Alliance (PCA) has worked in collaboration with federal, state, and local justice systems to address treatment issues of the offender population since its inception over 50 years ago. These efforts were substantially expanded with the advent of “drug treatment courts” in the early 1990’s. Pierce County Alliance, in conjunction with the Pierce County Superior Court and the Pierce County Council, began one of the earliest felony drug court programs in the country. Thanks to the awarding of several substantial federal, state and city grants, the program was expanded to include a family drug court, i.e., the Family Recovery Court.

Additional grant awards have allowed the Pierce County Alliance to incorporate mental health therapy to address the co-occurring disorders of substance use and mental health issues within the context of an integrated treatment program.

More recent grants have allowed the Pierce County Alliance to expand it services to include medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with the use of Suboxone and Vivitrol.

Pierce County Alliance’s robust Youth Services and Foster Care programs focus on helping youth transition to independent adulthood and self-reliance.

The agency continuously works in partnership and collaboration with other local providers and governmental agencies to enhance and broaden its services throughout Pierce County. Besides the Pierce County Superior Court, Pierce County Jail and the Department of Children Services, the Pierce County Alliance works with organizations like the Safe Streets Campaign, local MAT service providers, the Department of Corrections and many others to support and sustain positive treatment and service outcomes for its clients. The Pierce County Alliance also provides drug court treatment services for the Thurston County Superior Court.