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State revokes credential of former Daybreak counselor charged with sexual misconduct with a minor

Vancouver woman was fired from Daybreak before its closure for excessive unexcused absences from work

By Sarah Wolf, Columbian staff writer
Published: March 28, 2024, 2:10pm

State health officials suspended the provider credential for a former Daybreak Youth Services counselor charged in Clark County Superior Court with first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor.

The Washington State Department of Health said in a statement that Alicia Kaye Stowe’s suspension is pending further legal action.

Stowe of Vancouver is accused of having a sexual relationship with a then-16-year-old boy who was a patient at the now-closed Brush Prairie Daybreak facility.

Stowe was arraigned on the criminal charge last year and entered a not-guilty plea. She remains out of custody on supervised release, court records show. Her trial is scheduled for June 3.

Daybreak Youth Services, a substance and mental health treatment facility for youth, opened its Brush Prairie location for boys in 2016.

Both the Brush Prairie and Spokane facilities closed in June after the Department of Health revoked the nonprofit’s license. The department said staff at both facilities had failed to cooperate with investigations since March 2022 into multiple allegations of inappropriate behavior with teenage patients.

Stowe’s spouse told a Clark County sheriff’s detective in February 2022 that Stowe had engaged in sexual relations with a Daybreak patient, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The teen told detectives in March 2022 that he and Stowe had sex “one or a couple of times.” He said their first sexual encounter happened when he was receiving inpatient therapy, the affidavit states.

Daybreak’s CEO Tom Russell previously said Stowe was fired from the organization for performance issues before law enforcement began reaching out about a criminal investigation.

A health department report stated Stowe was fired in February 2022 for excessive absences and failure to call out of work.

The health department says Stowe cannot practice in Washington until the charges against her credential are resolved. She has 20 days to respond to the charges and request a hearing.

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