FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
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.