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Shortage of social service workers challenges jail plans to expand care

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Alexis Hahs sits on a chair with one leg crossed over and her hands put together.
Alexis Hahs sees around 40 clients a week as a substance use disorder counselor at Unity Care Northwest in Bellingham. Low pay and high stress make it difficult to fill positions in Hahs' field. (Andrew Ford/Cascadia Daily News)
By Ralph Schwartz Staff Reporter
Alexis Hahs, a substance use disorder counselor at Unity Care Northwest in Bellingham, laughed at th

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