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:

“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 is Pleased to Welcome Isabelle Amundsen to the Role of IPS Job Developer

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.

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October 2019 Group Calendar – Printable

Click here for our Printable October 2019 Calendar.

Group Attends Outing at Wolf Haven!

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

Enjoy these videos from the outing!

Capital Recovery Center Celebrates Kicks off its 30th Year with a New Look!

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
mailto:[email protected]

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.