Established in 1978, Daybreak Youth Services is a non-profit provider of adolescent addiction and mental health treatment services in Washington state. With residential Inpatient programs in Brush Prairie and Spokane, we provide safe and secure environments where teens ages 13-18 can commit to their recovery while engaging in school and recreation. Additionally, we offer co-gender Outpatient counseling as well as short-term crisis stabilization services (known as Evaluation & Treatment or “E&T”).
We understand your story
A teen’s struggle can be frightening, isolating and confusing, not only for them but for those who love and care for them. At Daybreak, we offer experience, compassion and understanding to provide hope for a positive, healthy life for your teen. We value diversity and inclusivity, and create a warm, safe environment to heal, grow and learn in. Our dedicated team of certified treatment professionals will provide the answers and support you’re looking for to help your teen thrive and your family rediscover happiness.
Learn more about our mission and values.
40 years ago, Daybreak founder Bill Yakely was inspired to “help the children”
In the summer of 1978, Bill Yakely was on his tractor at his family farm near Spokane, Washington. The hum of the engine and alfalfa rustling in the warm summer wind faded, and Yakely heard a clear voice say, “Help the children.”
With a young family of his own and a new veterinary clinic to run, he didn’t know what to do with the directive. But when he shared the call with his pastor, the pastor told him he wasn’t the only member of the congregation to receive the message. Thus began a small group of dedicated individuals motivated by a single goal: help the children. After significant research, they discovered that a gap in children’s health services was addiction treatment. And so, in a church basement with one counselor, a director and two clients, Daybreak Youth Services was born.
Since that day, Daybreak has grown with the mission of help the children at its core. Today, with inpatient and outpatient facilities in Southwest Washington and Spokane, we are an innovator in the treatment of adolescent substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health. We also provide short-term crisis stabilization services for acute mental health conditions at both of our residential facilities.
Thank you to each of Daybreak’s founders: Helen Houser, John Lindeblad, Charlotte Mills, Robert Mills, Betty Stratton and Bill Yakely
Daybreak Youth Services’ original Board of Directors, pictured with Father Weitensteiner, Catholic Diocese representative, in 1984.
Board members left to right: John Lindeblad, Betty Stratton, Bob Mills, Char Mills, Helen Houser and Bill Yakely.
Q&A Daybreak’s 40-year Journey
Daybreak founder reflects on 40-year history!