Safety first





Founded 40 years ago by a small group of concerned neighbors who saw the growing need for adolescent Substance Use Disorder and/or mental health treatment, Daybreak opened its doors with one counselor and a few supporters who promised to “help the children.”

Decades later, that legacy is alive today, right here in our community, with a highly trained staff that stands ready to provide love, compassion and care to children and families who turn to them during a difficult time in their lives.

We recognize that in order for care to be successful, our clients and staff must be safe and secure. That’s why we’re constantly looking to improve the policies and procedures at Daybreak, as part of our ongoing commitment to excellence.

Reflective of that commitment, Daybreak received a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in late 2017 for meeting rigorous safety and quality requirements.

But we can’t and won’t stop there. Here are a few steps we’ve taken at our Brush Prairie facility that illustrate our dedication to client and staff safety:


  1. We’ve created an external critical incident review committee, whose members meet monthly. The Committee is comprised of both individual and community agency members. The Committee’s objective is to review select cases and make recommendations to improve the health and safety of clients and staff.
  2. We hired a safety consultant with 30 years of law enforcement experience to review the organization’s safety processes and to make recommendations.
  3. Exterior fencing was improved to promote client safety outdoors.
  4. We increased the number of “team lead” positions in our milieu to enhance staff supervision and training.
  5. Daybreak’s milieu schedule has been restructured to allow for more client enrichment time (recreational and vocational activities).
  6. We’re piloting a new admissions process that includes a pre-screening phone call with clients prior to them arriving at our facility. This client-centered, anxiety-reducing practice allows us to review safety rules, set expectations and to answer any questions.
  7. We’ve implemented several facility improvements to strengthen the overall safety and security of clients and staff.
  8. Every room throughout our facility, with the exception of bathrooms, is monitored with safety/security cameras. There are 65 cameras inside Daybreak’s Brush Prairie facility.
  9. Daily, Daybreak’s Compliance Department oversees incident reporting to ensure the organization meets all reporting requirements.
  10. We maintain high standards in staff training – staff members are required to complete de-escalation and crisis prevention trainings, including annual retraining sessions developed by the Crisis Prevention Institute.


These are just a few of the steps we’ve taken as part of our ongoing quality improvement efforts, and we’ve already seen positive outcomes including increased treatment completion rates and improved client satisfaction surveys.

Keeping you informed about how we’re creating a safe environment is important to us. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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