Research tells us that 60-70 percent of people with serious mental illness want to work. However, fewer than 15 percent of these individuals are employed. These figures are troublesome because having a job helps people manage their symptoms, rejoin their communities and decrease their reliance on the social service system.
The good news is that Individual Placement and Support (IPS), an evidence-based approach, helps people with serious mental illness to find and keep regular jobs in their communities.
Capital Recovery Center is pleased to offer Supported Employment and welcomes Isabelle Amundsen to the role of IPS Job Developer. IPS is a model of supported employment for people with mental illness, helping these individuals work at regular jobs. The IPS Job Developer carries out the services of the IPS Supported Employment program by assisting clients obtain and maintain employment consistent with their vocational goals. In this role, Amundsen will write job support plans with clients, incorporate input from clients’ mental health providers and adjust plans according to clients’ needs and preferences.
The ISP Job Developer maintains a shared active caseload of 25 ISP clients, referred by CRC’s PATH program, Peer Pathfinders, Olympia Bupe Clinic or CRC PEER counselors.
“Isabelle had worked prior as a vocation specialist and job coach since 2017 and is the ideal fit for this position; we are pleased to welcome her to the team,” says Jim Wright, Executive Director of Capital Recovery Center.
For more information about IPS Supported Employment, visit: https://ipsworks.org/
For more information about Capital Recovery Center, visit: www.crcoly.org
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Recently, our participants attended an outing at Wolf Haven. Wolf Haven International is a nationally recognized wolf sanctuary that has rescued and provided a lifetime home for 300 displaced, captive-born animals since 1982. Their mission is “To conserve and protect wolves and their habitat.”
Learn more at https://wolfhaven.org/about-us/
Enjoy these videos from the outing!
2019 marks the 30th year for Capital Recovery Center and
invites the community to attend an open house and Ribbon Cutting
ceremony on Thursday, July 25. The ribbon cutting will take place at 1:30
p.m. and the open house will run from 1 p.m. through 4 p.m. at 1000 Cherry
St SE, Olympia, WA 98501.
CRC will serve beverages and light appetizers.
WHO: Capital Recovery Center and the Olympia Bupe Clinic
WHAT: Ribbon Cutting & Open House celebrating its 30 th year and new
WHEN: Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: 1000 Cherry St SE, Olympia, WA 98501
For more information about the Ribbon Cutting, email Blake Knoblauch at
January 18, 2019
Olympia, WA – Capital Recovery Center (CRC) is pleased to announce that its Olympia Bupe Clinic (OBC), overseen by Lucinda Grande, MD, is now open Monday through Friday from 4 pm. – 7:30 p.m. at 1000 Cherry Street SE, Olympia.
OBC is a clinic designed to provide very low barrier short-term same-day access to buprenorphine (Suboxone®), 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 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 partnership with the Cascade Pacific Action Alliance.
Who: Capital Recovery Center
What: Olympia Bupe Clinic, opioid treatment medication for comfort and safety and peer support for recovery. Everyone is welcome. On-site dispensing. Walk in clinic with same-day treatment and no charge for medication. Peer support; we’ll help with basic needs and accessing resources, referrals for long term treatment, counseling and housing services.
When: Monday – Friday, 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Capital Recovery Center’s Olympia Bupe Clinic, 1000 Cherry Street SE, Olympia, WA 98501. (360) 349-0033. email@example.com | http://crcoly.org/
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!