Highline Medical Center in Burien, WA

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16251 Sylvester Road Southwest
Burien WA 98166

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Highline Medical Center is part of CHI Franciscan Health, a network of hospitals in the Seattle and Tacoma areas. The facility provides inpatient and stabilization services for individuals struggling with mental health issues, chemical dependency, or a dual diagnosis. Located in the community of Burien, Wash., 11 miles south of Seattle, Highline Medical Center is equipped to provide medical detoxification on-site.


Highline Medical Center may conduct an initial psychiatric and behavioral assessment to diagnose the primary issues contributing to hospitalization. As a hospital-based program, the goal of treatment is to stabilize the patient and refer them to an appropriate program.

CHI Franciscan Health provides longer term inpatient programs for adults and youth within its network of hospitals. Inpatient care is available at St. Joseph’s Medical Center and Kitsap Mental Health Services. In the past, Highline Medical Center operated a standalone facility for chemical dependency, the Highline Addiction Recovery Center, which is now Cascade Behavioral Health.

According to results from Rehabs.com surveys, chemical dependency treatment blends 12-step involvement with psychotherapy. Patients may participate in individual and group counseling and receive a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practices of the 12-step model of recovery. Medication management may also be incorporated to treat the mental health issues associated with a dual diagnosis.

Highline Medical Center treats a range of psychiatric issues, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and schizophrenia. Treatment for a primary psychiatric disorder may involve pharmacological intervention, recreational therapy, and psychotherapy.


Highline Medical Center’s behavioral health unit employs a team of psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychiatric and registered nurses, addiction medicine specialists, mental health counselors, social workers, occupational therapists, and recreational therapists. The five individuals polled by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing — two former patients, two loved ones, and an employee — gave an average rating of four out of five stars for the level of experience and training of staff members.


There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings, however, the five reviewers offered an average rating of 3.2 stars for the facility’s cleanliness and 2.8 stars for its exercise opportunities and leisure activities.


The two former patients polled by Rehabs.com provided polarized opinions concerning the quality of care offered at the facility. One former patient submitted low two-star ratings for the staff’s qualifications and the effectiveness of group counseling sessions, while the other respondent felt the counselors were well-trained.

Citing counselors as a program strength, former patient Kristi commented: “I did well there and the kind treating received made me decide to become a chemical dependency counselor which I did in 2011.” The two former patients did agree that the program lacked holistic treatments — both gave one-star ratings for this treatment component.


The two loved ones who responded to Rehabs.com surveys praised many aspects of the program, submitting five-star ratings for its counseling options and the program’s effectiveness in treating co-occurring disorders. One loved one commented: “Great family program. I think Highline is very helpful to people quiting drugs.”


The sole employee polled by Rehabs.com agreed with loved ones in that the program offered excellent dual diagnosis treatment and felt the experience level of staff members was a program strength. “The counselors were well educated and caring,” they wrote.


Highline Medical Center accepts a range of private insurance plans, Medicare, and Medicaid. Financial assistance may be available for eligible patients through Catholic Health Initiatives, an associated nonprofit health organization.

Published June 2016

Published on June 2016

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Strengths: Counselors. Weaknesses: Physical activities exercise. I did well there and the kind treating received made me decide to become a chemical dependency counselor which I did in 2011.

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Great family program. I think Highline is very helpful to people quiting drugs.

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The counselors were well educated and caring. Not enough activities. It was comfortable.

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Strengths: Check in. Weaknesses: Communication when patient needed to go to hospital.

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