Capital Recovery Center and Olympia Bupe Clinic response to Coronavirus

As of Monday, March 16, Capital Recovery Center will be adjusting our services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to continuing to provide life-saving medication, peer support, and outreach to the extent possible. We are, at the same time, taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of our patients, staff, and community during this pandemic. We hope that by taking these proactive measures at this point, we can reduce further harm down the road.

For the Peer Program, all groups will be canceled until further notice. Scheduled one-on-one counseling sessions will be available based on present staffing and availability. Participants requesting appointments with their counselors will be screened over the phone for potential exposure as well as symptoms.

The Olympia Bupe Clinic will be operating with limited staff and during open clinic hours only. We will not be taking new patients except those who are pregnant or within 14 days of release from incarceration. Patients seeking to re-engage after a lapse in treatment should call 360-349-0033.

Our PATH outreach staff will be coordinating with the Greater Regional Outreach Workers League to provide support to vulnerable community members who are unsheltered – including delivering supplies and keeping our clients up to date on safety and health recommendations. PATH walk-ins and any in-person appointments for PATH clients are canceled.

We will be actively seeking new information from health authorities as this public health emergency evolves, and we will update our response as needed. Please visit our website at www.crcoly.org for the most updated information about our services and hours.

If you have general questions about OBC or PATH Outreach services, please call Meta Hogan at 360-350-5588.

Current OBC patients with questions can call our main clinic line at 360-349-0033. If you have general questions about the Peer program or CRC operations, please call 360-357-2583.

Current Peer participants wanting to make an appointment should call 360-357-2582.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Capital Recovery Center

Friends and valued supporters,

Given the rapidly changing news about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are monitoring the situation closely. The people we serve are our highest priority, and we will continue to do everything we
can to provide services while taking the utmost precaution for the health and safety of our participants, clients, staff, and volunteers.

In addition to utilizing good public health practices recommended by local health organizations and experts, we are making plans that can be quickly implemented if needed as more info is available. We are in contact with local health officials and are monitoring any recommended changes to avoid putting our clients, staff, and volunteers at higher risk for infection. We are fully committed to taking appropriate precautions to provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone we serve.

These are the current safety measures we are taking:

  • Providing ample hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies throughout our facilities and routinely disinfecting common meeting and workspace surfaces.
  • Increased our Janitorial Service to include weekly deep medical-grade cleaning on top of our current twice-weekly disinfectant cleaning.
  • Encouraging people to remain at home if they feel sick or are in a more vulnerable category (over age 60, have underlying health conditions or weakened immune systems, and/or are
    pregnant)
  • Encouraging people to use good preventative practices, including frequent and thorough hand washing; avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth; and social distancing from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Refrain from shaking hands. Fist bumps, elbow bumps and head nods are all acceptable forms of greeting.

At this time, our services and events are operating as scheduled. We will let you know about any significant changes and developments as they occur by providing general updated
information on our  Facebook page and website.

We know all too well how stigma impacts communities and the spread of infectious disease. Already, some communities are being targeted in connection to COVID-19, although the virus is not
connected to any race, ethnicity, or nationality. It is important that we address the coronavirus as we would any other contagious disease — with guidance grounded in facts and good public health
practices. We stand with our allies and encourage everyone to be compassionate and prevent stigmatization by sharing accurate
information.

During this time of uncertainty, we are doing our best to remain a place of support and consistency for our participants, clients, staff and volunteers. We will update you when the need arises. In the meantime, if you have any questions please email us. (info@crcoly.org)

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In the news: The Olympian publishes story titled “A look inside the Olympia clinic serving hundreds of people battling opioid addiction.”

A look inside the Olympia clinic serving hundreds of people battling opioid addiction

 

 

In the news! Associated Press publishes story titled “Walk-in clinics for opioid addiction offer meds first, fast”

December 18, 2019 –

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Every time she got out of jail, Jamie Cline started hustling again for heroin, driven by an addiction she didn’t understand.

“You want to get clean so bad. You know something’s killing you and you can’t stop,” said the 33-year-old who used heroin for 10 years.

This spring was different. While in a jail work-release program, she took a medication called buprenorphine. It quieted a voice in her brain that told her to keep using.

When she got out of jail, she headed for an Olympia clinic where a doctor is working to spread a philosophy called “medication first.” The surprising approach scraps requirements for counseling, abstinence or even a commitment to recovery.

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In the news! The Olympian publishes editorial by the Olympian Editorial Board, “Reducing the harm addiction does to addicts, their loved ones — and their community”

Published in the Olympian on December 15, 2019

“For many years now, we’ve known that addiction to opioids, including heroin, is a bona fide disease, a persistent mental illness that hijacks the brain in ways that are different from but no less profound than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

Nonetheless, most people still judge people with this illness harshly. That’s at least partly because one of the first casualties of addiction is honesty, and most addicts lie – even to themselves – to deny or cover up their illness. They sometimes steal from strangers and even from their own families. They can become combative, abusive and unreliable. Those behaviors make compassion hard to come by.” CONTINUE READING HERE

Capital Recovery Center’s Jim Morris to serve as Community Relations Liaison

Jim Morris

Olympia, WA – Capital Recovery Center is pleased to announce that Jim Morris will serve in the role of Community Relations Liaison. The Community Relations Liaison works with appointed officials and the community-at-large to promote the services and programs offered by Capital Recovery Center. Morris has over 15 years’ experience analyzing state budgets and policies relating to disability and poverty. “The more I traveled around the state listening to sessions on these topics, the more I realized a huge segment of this population was experiencing chronic mental health issues,” said Morris.

A former peer counselor, Morris intends to make additional community connections and discuss the innovative model CRC uses in treatment and recovery. “This model is incredibly effective; I believe it needs to be implemented on a larger level across the state, and we need to share the sense of community we’re building here,” says Morris.

Morris previously served on the Board of Capital Recovery Center and has been doing advocacy work independently since 2016.

In the News! U.S. News & World Report publishes story titled, “Washington Tackles Opioid Use Disorder in its Jails”

Originally published in U.S. News and World Report on October 25, 2019

GARRETT LEONARD, 31, was in and out of jail in Washington from June 2017 through April 2019 for shoplifting charges. He says he was stealing to support his opioid addiction.

During his six stays in jail, which ranged from about nine days to two months, Leonard says he went through withdrawal without any medication. The most help he received was Gatorade at one jail, to help counter his dehydration due to withdrawal, he says.

“When I went to jail the last time … I was withdrawing off fentanyl because most of the heroin in this area is laced with fentanyl, so it was the worst withdrawal I’ve had,” Leonard says.”They typically have an inmate in the detox tank for maybe three to four days, and I was there for eight days,” he says, adding that he didn’t eat for five of those days.” CONTINUE READING HERE

Capital Recovery Center Now Offers Justice Outreach

Many people who develop an Opioid Use Disorder come into contact with the criminal justice system before connecting to other health or social systems. According to research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institutes of Health U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this presents opportunities for intervention and treatment prior to, during, after, or in lieu of incarceration. Studies show that combining criminal justice sanctions with chemical dependency treatment can be effective in decreasing drug misuse and associated crime. Additionally, for incarcerated individuals with substance use disorder, starting chemical dependency treatment in prison and continuing the same treatment upon release results in better outcomes: lower rates of overdose, relapse, and recidivism.

Capital Recovery Center is pleased to welcome Krystal Pierce to the role of Justice Outreach Specialist. The Justice Outreach Specialist (JOS) works with Capital Recovery Center’s Olympia Bupe Clinic (OBC) to help justice-involved individuals in Thurston County with an Opioid Use Disorder access opioid treatment medication. Pierce will coordinate with the correctional facilities, pretrial services, alternative courts, re-entry services, and community corrections to identify, assess, and enroll eligible individuals. In addition, Pierce will provide individuals with information about Opioid Use Disorder, opioid treatment medication, and related services, and will connect individuals to treatment at OBC as appropriate.

Thurston County Treatment Sales Tax funds the position through June 2021. The Treatment Sales Tax (TST) is a local funding stream that works alongside federal and state funding such as Medicaid to meet mental health and substance use needs in Thurston County. Programs funded with TST aim to reduce justice involvement, emergency room use, health care costs, and public assistance.

“I fully support the efforts of Capital Recovery Center’s Olympia Bupe Clinic in response to the ongoing opioid epidemic,” said Thurston County Prosecutor Jon Tunheim.  “We look forward to working closely with Ms. Pierce to forge additional pathways to recovery for criminal justice-involved individuals in Thurston County.”

Previously, Pierce worked as a Nisqually Public Safety Corrections Officer. As a corrections officer, she was able to see firsthand the struggles of incarcerated individuals as they went through unmanaged withdrawal. “I felt very limited in terms of my ability to help these people. In this new role, I have the chance to really work with people in this situation and help provide them with access to treatment.” For more information about Thurston County Treatment Sale Tax, visit: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/phss/Pages/tst.aspx

“This new program helps create a transition from jail back into the community and can help people get their life back on track and on the road to recovery,” said Meta Hogan, CRC Program Manager. “At Capital Recovery Center, we offer wrap-around peer-supported recovery, supportive employment, or simply referrals to other resources in the community as appropriate.”

Capital Recovery Center’s Annual Meeting will take place in June

Capital Recovery Center’s Annual Meeting typically takes place in May. This year it is postponed until June. Stay tuned for the exact date, time and location.

King 5 News shares the Olympia Bupe Clinic Story

Capital Recovery Center’s Olympia Bupe Clinic is in the news! Thank you, KING 5, for the thoughtful approach to telling our story and sharing the impact our team is having in the community.