Capital Recovery Center Hires Medical Director, Lucinda Grande, MD


December 20, 2018

Capital Recovery Center Hires Medical Director, Lucinda Grande, MD

Olympia, WA – Capital Recovery Center (CRC) is pleased to announce that Lucinda Grande, MD, has accepted the position of Medical Director at CRC and its Olympia Bupe Clinic, which CRC will open in early 2019.

Dr. Grande is a board-certified family physician with six years of experience prescribing buprenorphine at her primary care practice at Pioneer Family Practice in Lacey, where she is a partner. She currently has 75 patients on this treatment. Dr. Grande is a buprenorphine waiver training course instructor through the American Association of Addiction Psychiatry. She advocates at the state and national levels for wider access to opioid treatment medications in correctional institutions, hospitals and drug treatment facilities.

CRC received a two-year State Opioid Response (SOR) grant from the Washington State Healthcare Authority to open the Olympia Bupe Clinic (OBC). OBC is a clinic designed to provide very low barrier short-term same-day access to buprenorphine, a life-saving medicine for treatment of opioid use disorder. The clinic will accept all patients interested in this treatment, with a priority given to those who have already experienced adverse effects of opioid use disorder such as incarceration, medical complications and/or homelessness.

At CRC’s OBC, peer recovery coaches will serve as care navigators to help connect patients with needed services such as medical care. For interested patients, peers in the STR Peer Pathfinder program can help arrange a referral for longer-term substance use treatment at one of several comprehensive programs in the region.  The SOR grant will pay for pharmacy services so providers can dispense medications on site. It will also provide funding to hire a nurse care manager, which will greatly increase the capacity of OBC’s rotating staff of 29 prescribing physicians. The SOR grant supplements OBC’s startup funding obtained through a partnership with the Cascade Pacific Action Alliance.


About Capital Recovery Center: Capital Recovery Center, established in 1989, is a not-for profit, Washington State Certified Behavioral Health Agency, specializing in Co-Occurring Treatment, which integrates substance use disorder and mental health services. With integrated treatment, we can best serve individuals and improve outcomes for recovery.

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Greetings from CRC’s Executive Director! The blog feature is new on the website and we’d like to use it more often and keep everyone up to date with our progress.

Many of you know we have structured CRC so that it resembles community college. All groups and classes are on a quarter basis, so at the end of every quarter, each participant reviews goals, sets new goals, and signs up for new groups and classes. As a result, our days are more structured and participants seem to be making rapid progress. We have a number of participants preparing to go “out into the world,” to work or volunteer, to spend less of their time in this safe space that is CRC and more of their time with the community at large. This is our goal: that everyone can reclaim a full life in the community.

As we end January and prepare to welcome February, we invite you to see what CRC is doing in the community. We have so much going on: the community mental health agency (our Peer program), the PATH program conducting outreach to individuals experiencing homelessness, the Downtown Ambassador Program keeping the city clean and safe, and the Supportive Reentry Services helping returning citizens out of incarceration get a successful start on the rest of their lives.

Look for updates on a semi-regular basis!

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Welcome to our new and improved website!

We are excited to have a site that more reflects who we are at Capital Recovery Center. This is a great beginning to the new year and complements the tone of our community at this time. We view CRC as a community, which is closely connected to the larger community in Olympia. As members of our community participants have an opportunity to help shape our programs and our culture. We have progressed a lot in the last year and continue to cultivate community here. We are proud to share a piece of this community through this blog, and perhaps catch interest of those interested in joining us in our recovery journey… happy 2016!