LIVED EXPERIENCE GUIDES THE WAY

We understand that people experiencing homelessness, while struggling with addiction, want help but lack opportunities to access help relevent to their challenging circumestances.

Compassionate Addiction Treatment is committed to removing barriers to care and providing wholistic opportunities for recovery from substance use disorders.

Our Approach

Led by people with lived experience

Compassionate Addiction Treatment (CAT) works toward health equity, and strives to provide opportunity to access recovery and supportive services in an innovative, trauma informed environment.  Certified Peer Counselors, through their own lived experience, are at the center of all that we do.  

An Advisory Board, made up of people who are or have experienced homelessness while searching for opportunity for Recovery from addiction, provide guidance and insight to attain our mission.  Recovery Community members’ self-advocacy is encouraged and supported through participation on the Advisory Board.

The team at Compassionate Addiction Treatment is representative of the people we provide services to.  Approximately 90% of our team are in recovery, and more than 70% of our team have experienced homelessness.  Collectively we represent that we do recover.

— Our Mission

Our mission is to provide compassionate, holistic care to people suffering from substance use disorders in a safe and therapeutic environment. Focused on removing barriers to treatment, people will be empowered to engage in recovery and live life to their fullest potential.

Bringing community connection to support the building of trust, hope and personal empowerment to people experiencing houselessness, combined with addiction, are primary goals of CAT.

— Our Vision

We envision a world in which people experiencing homelessness can work towards their personal goals of housing and healing, free from stigma.  In this world we envision, support, compassion, and encouragement from our community as a whole decreases the challenges faced while homeless, allowing people to more rapidly stabalize and have the opportunity to live the life they dream of.

— Our Story

Hallie Burchinal (a co-founder and Executive Director) shares her story of living houseless as a teenager, and experiences that led to the creation of Compassionate Addiction Treatment. Event: march for Humanizing Homeless. April 24, 2021

OUR TEAM:

Hallie Burchinal, CHW, SUDP

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CO-FOUNDER
Community Health Worker
Substance Use Disorder Professional

Hallie is an Substance Use Disorder Professional with a variety of work experiences in inpatient with pregnant and parenting women, outpatient with teens, and working on the streets with people who have recently overdosed.  Hallie is passionate about harm reduction, meeting people exactly where they are at, street outreach, and supporting all paths to recovery.  As a previously unhoused person and a member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, Hallie has a strong understanding of the importance of hope and community, and is committed to the Recovery Community at CAT.

Kel Eddings, CHW, AAS

OPERATIONS MANAGER
CO-FOUNDER
Community Health Worker

Kel is a Community Health Worker, and a retired veteran with the Air National Guard.  Kel has long had a dream of working with people struggling with homelessness, and has refocused her passion for helping people.   Kel began working with parents who suffer from substance use disorders that were working towards family reunification.  They then worked at an emergency warming center, providing safe space for our community members who are living houseless.  Kel is non-binary and part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Kel states “I look forward to using my knowledge to improve the lives of others, and having a positive impact on my community.”

Sandy Munck, CPC

RoW Project Coordinator
CERTIFIED PEER COUNSELOR

Sandy came on board as our Front Desk Manager in the spring of 2020.  Now a Certified Peer Counselor, Sandy has stretched her skills as a skilled housing and employment case manager, and currently coordinates Camp Hope related projects through a contract with Empire Health Foundation.  Through lived experience with homelessness and substance misuse, and her ability to think outside the box to find solutions to challenging circumestances, Sandy brings so much to our Recovery Community members and team.

Michael Mainer, MD

MEDICAL DIRECTOR AND MAT CLINIC PROVIDER (VOLUNTEER)

Dr. Mainer has volunteered at Compassionate Addiction Treatment since the winter of 2019.  Through his supportive leadership and compassionate care, the Medication Assisted Treatment program is an essential part of the low barrier Recovery programs at CAT.

Stacey Mainer, ARNP

MAT CLINIC PROVIDER (VOLUNTEER)

Stacey has been part of the team at Compassionate Addiction Treatment since early 2020.  Stacey’s care for people seeking recovery for opioid use disorder while experiencing homelessness is supportive and thoughtful.  Stacey has worked in other impactful programs within the community as well, and is committed to the health and well being of all.

Joseph Kincaid, MD

MAT CLINIC PROVIDER (VOLUNTEER)

Joe Kincaid joined our team in April of 2021 as a volunteer provider for Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder.  Joe is committed to supporting individuals experiencing homelessness who also have an opioid use disorder and values working in a no-barrier environment.  Joe provides care with compassion and intention and expresses grave concern for the increasing epidemic of opioids, especially fentanyl, as well as the increasingly harmful epedemic of methamphetamine use.

Bobbie Lee Silva, CPC

MAT CLINIC SUPERVISOR
CERTIFIED PEER COUNSELOR

Bobbie Lee brings with her an inspiring story of her recovery from childhood trauma, homelessness, and addiction.  With a fiercely compassionate heart and commitment to both trauma informed care and harm reduction, Bobbie Lee provides support to everyone she encounters at Compassionate Addiction Treatment. 

Kim Puntney, SUDP

SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER COUNSELOR

Kim has been a counselor for substance misuse for many years.  With lived experience, Kim is able to meet people exactly where they are at in their recovery, and partner with each person on their journey.  Kim is committed to providing care to our community members experiencing homelessness.

Sarah Love, SUDP-T

SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER COUNSELOR TRAINEE

Sarah Love brings compassion and intention to all aspects of her work at Compassionate Addiction Treatment.  Sarah is a member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and is an Alaskan Native.  Through lived experience and strong counseling skills, Sarah supports each person on their unique path to recovery.

Tiffany Tart, CPC, AAS

SUPERVISOR / HOUSING AND EMPLOYMENT CASE MANAGER
CERTIFIED PEER COUNSELOR
Foundational Community Supports

Tiffany came to us with years of experience working in housing and employment case management.  She then completed training to become a Certified Peer Counselor, to add to her skills. With her solid community connections and abiltiy to create collaborations to facilitate  and support people in meeting their housing and employment goals, Tiffany creates results.  Her sense of humor helps make the journey fun.

Jessica Stonehouse, AAS

HOUSING AND EMPLOYMENT CASE MANAGER
Foundational Community Supports

Jess worked within our team during her college practicum.  Jess later joined our team out of her passion for helping others who, in her words, could use a “hand up”.  Jess knows that every person needs and deserves a home, and access to employment.  Through sharing her lived experience, she helps others believe that they can have it too.

Nichole Mitchell, CPC

CERTIFIED PEER COUNSELOR

Nichole joined our team in 2020 as a Certified Peer Counselor.  Nichole is passionate about meditation, yoga, and supporting holistic healing in recovery.  Nichole brings joy, positivity and calm to our Recovery Community.  Her self-awareness, empathy, compassion, and strength bring so much to our work at Compassionate Addiction Treatment.

Jamie Valadez, CPC

CERTIFIED PEER COUNSELOR

Jamie joined our team through Career Path Services.  We couldn’t imagine Compassionate Addiction Treatment without her, so she came on board as a full-time team member.  Jamie brings lived experience and a determination and will that is unsurpassed.  She also has a unique skill in knowing where all things are at any given time.  

Luke Runkel, CPC

CARE NAVIGATOR
CERTIFIED PEER COUNSELOR

With heart and compassion, Luke provides peer support services to our community.  No matter the challenge faced, Luke is present, holding safe space for others to process.  Luke stepped into the role of Care Navigator for the SMART program, providing navigation and support to people with opioid use disorder.

Lindsey Nelson

PEER NAVIGATOR
Camp Hope

Lindsey joined Compassionate Addiction Treatment as a housing and employment case manager.  As our team continued to expand supportive services for people at Camp Hope, we found that additional help was needed to do this important work.  Lindsey stepped in to help with this project, and brings with her determination, an incredible level of organization, and a strong commitment to her community.  

Skye Lester, CPC

CERTIFIED PEER COUNSELOR / PEER NAVIGATOR
Camp Hope

Skye joined Compassionate Addiction Treatment because she has a deep caring for people experiencing oppression and especially for those who are experiencing homelessness.  Skye has experience with housing navigation, and brings with her determination and compassion to help individuals gain housing and exit the many struggles that living outdoors brings.

Suki Goldman Loomer, CPC

CERTIFIED PEER COUNSELOR / PEER NAVIGATOR
Camp Hope

With lived experience with homelessness in Spokane,  Suki works with passion and commitment to help other’s exit homelessness.  Suki brings lived experience and the ability to be present with each person she meets. We are lucky to have Suki as part of our peer naviation team at Camp Hope.

Lex Woolston, CPC

CERTIFIED PEER COUNSELOR

Lex joined our team specifically to work with the people at Camp Hope.  Lex shares that they are non-binary.  Lex is compassionate and committed to improving social determenants of health.  Lex has a way of casually saying incredibly poignant and insightful perspectives on recovery. 

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