BestCare In The News



October 19, 2015


Rick Treleaven, BestCare Treatment Services,

Justin Yax, DVA Advertising & PR,


Oregon Business magazine ranks BestCare #32, the highest ranking of any large Central Oregon nonprofit

(REDMOND, Ore.)In its annual ranking of the 100 Best Nonprofits To Work For in Oregon, Oregon Businessmagazine has ranked BestCare Treatment Services #32 in the Large Organizations (50 or more Oregon employees) category, the highest ranking of any Central Oregon nonprofit. Winners were announced in the October issue of Oregon Business magazine, and were recognized at a special 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon celebration on Sept. 30 in Portland.

To compile the rankings, Oregon Business surveyed more than 5,000 Oregon nonprofit employees and volunteers, soliciting their feedback, ratings, and satisfaction in the following categories:

1) Work environment, mission, and goals

2) Career development and learning

3) Benefits and compensation

4) Management and communications

“The quality and success of our client-focused programs are directly related to and impacted by the principles we have established for the organization, and the internal culture we have created for our employees,” said Rick Treleaven, Executive Director of BestCare Treatment Services. “The foundation of this success is built on collaboration, camaraderie, accountability, empowerment, and respect, qualities that we work hard to instill into our team on a daily basis.”

About BestCare Treatment Services:

Founded in 1997, BestCare Treatment Services is a CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited organization specializing in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of addiction and mental health issues largely through residential (inpatient), outpatient, and detox programs and facilities. With eight locations in central and southern Oregon, including Bend, Klamath Falls, Madras, and Redmond, BestCare fills a critical need for programs and services addressing alcohol and substance abuse, mental health and mental illness, gambling addiction, and more. For more information call 541-504-9577 or visit


Counselor finds new hope, faith

By Duran Bobb
Spilyay Tymoo 

At one time Michelle Wells-Elliott wondered if she still had a soul left, as a prisoner of addiction. “I was homeless,” she said. “It was that bad. I was doing a lot of jail time. I was running the streets. I just didn’t care anymore.”

At the height of her addiction, Michelle lost her mother. “That’s my biggest regret. I was in full-blown addiction while my mother was on her death bed.”

Guidance came to Michelle in the form of a court order, when Heather Crow-Martinez was sent to do an assessment on Michelle in jail.

“I remember people would see me back then,” Michelle said. “They’d think—‘Oh, I can’t believe this is what she has become. This is where she’s at in her life.’”

Heather became Michelle’s mentor. “It was nice to just have support. She had faith in me. She held my hand from the beginning, and I never had that kind of faith while I was using.”

Michelle went to treatment at Visions of Hope in Redmond on February 14, 2006. The program lasted 28 days, but the lessons for life continue.

“I moved on to a half-way house. I was scared, of course. Being in residential treatment is such a safe haven. You’re surrounded by people striving for a common goal.”

In the days to come, Michelle found a new goal, having realized that what might have been considered a weakness in the past could be a strength for tomorrow.

“I started COCC in the summer of 2008, majoring in addiction studies. It was tough! I’m not going to lie.”

In December of 2010, Michelle tested at the state level, to become a certified drug and alcohol counselor.

“In order to earn your CADC1, you need to complete a 250 question test. That was hard to obtain.”

Her husband, Richard Elliott, and her three children Desirai, Tosha and Richayla ignited new inspiration in Michelle. “It’s amazing how much support they were to me through this time.”

Michelle knew that she was on the road to being a better person. “I was learning how to live a different way of life, other than having drugs to cope. I learned different ways of dealing with stress and every day living. I was getting myself back. I was getting my family back. I was stepping up.”

While doing her internship for school, Michelle heard about and applied for the position of recovery coaching at Bestcare Treatment Services in Madras.

She started work on April 16, 2010.

“The most challenging part? Sometimes I’ll get the same friends coming into the group sessions that I facilitate today. You talk about that being strange. But I always make sure to ask them if they’re okay with this.”

On the contrary, Michelle’s presence in the classroom seems to deliver new motivation to those participants who knew her before recovery.

“Some of them will say, If you can do it I’ll bet I can do it. They see that I’ve lived it, breathed it, and they see what I’m doing today. It gives them hope.”

“I have a lot of respect for her,” one participant said. “Michelle tells us how she was, what she’s like today and how she got here.”

“The high-point today is that I have my family back,” Michelle said. “People actually trust me again, I’m amazed! There was a day when that was never heard of!”

Michelle has found her honesty, her self-respect, the respect of others, trust. “All back. I have a house, my job, my children. It doesn’t happen overnight, it takes work. What you get into it is what you’re going to get out of it.”

Today, Michelle finds peace in the fact that she was able to witness the birth of her grand-children. “My oldest grandson is 4. The middle is 5 months yesterday. And my precious granddaughter was just born on February 25.”

A group of friends gathered on February 14 to celebrate Michelle’s 5th birthday in recovery. “That’s like being a baby in recovery, because I have friends that have 25 years sobriety.”

But there’s hope, she said. “There’s light at the end of the tunnel. It might all seem bad at this moment, I know—but in reality it’s just taking a step. Saying, I need help. You’d be amazed when you say that, how many people will be there to hold your hand.”

Today, Michelle is reminded of her soul. “Every day, there comes a reminder of spirituality. I still have my soul and I understand why God protects it now. I know my mom is proud of me in heaven”.



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