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Willamette Family Women'S Residential Program

687 Cheshire Avenue, Eugene, Oregon, 97402
Welcome to Willamette Family, providing a warm and nurturing environment for individuals and families seeking substance abuse and/or mental health treatment. We offer the highest degree of professionalism and care available for addiction services. Willamette Family is also one of the select agencies in the nation that operates its own Child Development Center, where children may stay with their mothers while their mothers are participating in our treatment program. For over forty-five years Willamette Family has been assisting clients and families on the journey of recovery. Willamette Family uses evidence based therapies that are specific to meeting the needs of men, women and children and promotes proven methods of recovery.

Facility Highlights

  • Family Counseling
  • Mental Health Therapy
  • Individual Counseling


  • Individualized Treatment

    Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
  • Individual Therapy

    This term describes one-on-one therapy, in which a patient and trained counselor, social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist meets privately with a patient to discuss challenges related to lifestyle, work, family and romantic relationships that may have contributed to the development of an addiction.

Facility Settings

  • Average Location/Amenities

Meet the Staff

  • Susie Dey, MSW, QMHP
    Susie Dey, MSW, QMHP Executive Director
    Susie Dey is the new Executive Director of Willamette Family, Inc. She was the Director of Women's Residential & Behavioral Health Services and also was the Child Welfare branch manager for Lane County for 21 years, in addition to many years of direct casework and supervisory experience in both Oregon and California. She has been with Willamette Family since 2005 where she draws upon her child welfare and community experience to integrate the needs of children and families with addictions treatment services. Susie managed and supervised Children and Family Programs, and co-directed mental health services. She has an MSW from Arizona State University as well as a BA from California State University at Fullerton. Susie is part of several community initiatives, including United Way of Lane County’s Success by Six Leadership Team and the University of Oregon’s F.E.A.T. project.
  • Mark Appelbaum
    Mark AppelbaumDirector of Finance
    Mark Appelbaum joined the agency in March 2013 as Director of Finance. He oversees the agency’s fiscal responsibilities, H.R. department and I.T. operations. He had prior not for profit human services work experience as CFO for Alvord-Taylor, Inc. After moving with his family to Eugene in 1999, he served as Controller for States Industries, Inc. and Oregon Rubber Co. before entering the human services field. He has a Master in Accounting from Clarkson University and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Minnesota. He is married with three children and is a running enthusiast.

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Willamette Family, Inc. provides highly structured recovery programs for men, women, and families struggling with addiction. Through several facilities located throughout Eugene, Ore., the rehab offers both inpatient and outpatient treatment, including this women's residential program, which is known as the Cheshire Center. There's also a residential program for men, as well as a medically monitored detox facility.


All incoming clients are first assessed at the Rapid Access Center (RAC). RAC’s same-day services include evaluation, referrals, and immediate medical assistance, if necessary.

Treatment is individualized and duration of treatment is dependent upon each client’s needs. All residents participate in individual and group therapy, as well as educational programming. Clients also receive training on life skills, anger management, and relapse prevention.

Parenting education and coaching is provided as needed, and women with children up to the age of six may reside with their children on-site. For medical issues, there is a nearby, easily accessible primary care clinic.


The Willamette Family staff is led by a medical director and comprised of physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, counselors, case managers, and other mental health professionals.


The Cheshire Center, located adjacent to Eugene's scenic Owen Rose Garden, provides 24-hour care for up to 47 women and 14 children at a time. The residence includes a cafeteria, TV rooms, and space for exercise and recreation.

For women with children, the center offers a number of benefits, including an on-site child development center, three playgrounds, and an outdoor dining area.


The six alumni polled by Rehabs.com to date provided the women's program with mediocre reviews. The center's major strength appeared to be its family program and inclusion of children in the residential recovery process. “I think it is wonderful how much they work with pregnant women and women with children,” wrote Lori in a representative review.

However the facility received a low average rating of 2.3 out of five stars for its leisure activities, and the five former clients surveyed about the program's holistic offering provided an average rating of just 1.6 stars. "It was pretty generic. All the way down to the food and the extra curricular activities," wrote Anna in a representative review.


The two friends surveyed by Rehabs.com at the time of this writing offered positive feedback. Both respondents indicated that their loved one stopped engaging in addictive or harmful behavior after attending the program, and noted that they were able to play an active role in their loved one's treatment process. "It is a familiar and successful facility with great success rates of graduates," wrote one of the reviewers.


According to HealthGrove, the women's program accepts military insurance and state insurance other than Medicaid.

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