Capital Recovery Center and Olympia Bupe Clinic Receive $5,000 gift from Amerigroup

The staff of Capital Recovery Center and Olympia Bupe Clinic thank Amerigroup for its gift of $5000 for naloxone to save lives of community members by reversing opioid overdoses.
Left to right: Garrett Leonard, Stacy Hamlin, Shannon Wheeler, SUDP, Angie Warner-Rein, RN, Tamara Heinz. Bottom row: Andrea Mandt.

Peer Program will be providing all groups in virtual Zoom format until further notice

Gov. Jay Inslee announced new restrictions yesterday on Washington citizens and businesses, after a recent increase in the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Due to these restrictions, Capital Recovery Center’s Peer Program will be providing all groups in virtual Zoom format only until further notice. We have taken all necessary steps to ensure our staff and our participant’s safety and will continue to provide in-person one-on-one counseling and intakes at our Cherry St. location.

The Olympia Bupe Clinic is not impacted by the new restrictions and will continue to operate as they have been.
The restrictions take effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday and will remain in place until Monday, Dec. 14.

Re-opening announcement

We are happy to announce the reduced capacity re-opening of Capital Recovery Center’s PEER groups beginning July 1, 2020. from 9 am -3:30 pm.


Pre-enrollment is required for our scheduled groups. If you are not currently enrolled, you will not be able to attend due to the group size limitations. All groups will be provided in Zoom format as well. We are asking all of our participants to call their Peer counselors to enroll in their desired groups for both the in-person and Zoom format.

All one on one counseling will continue via telehealth only.


Please note the following policies when planning your visit to CRC.

– No food or beverage allowed inside CRC

-You will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and have a temperature check prior to entry.

-Masks are required to enter CRC and must be worn at all times. If you do not have one, we are happy to provide one upon arrival.

-Hand sanitizing provided at the time of entry

-Social distancing is required at all times in the building. Staff and participants will be required to remain 6 feet away from each other.

– You will be asked to exit the building between groups to allow our staff to properly sanitize the group rooms for the next group.






A Statement from Capital Recovery Center

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 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
  • 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

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. ([email protected])

Please click here for a printable PDF of this information.

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.


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.