Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare opened last week its first full-service clinic in Clackamas County.

From the Clackamas Review, June 19, 2012

The clinic on Southeast Lake Road just east of Milwaukie city limits, provides psychiatric evaluation; individual, family and group therapy; and peer-oriented support; and treatment for drug- and alcohol-related problems.

The clinic has 18 employees who have serve 260 county residents since opening. It is growing and not yet at capacity, and Cascadia does not expect to hit a maximum number of patients they can treat because they can just keep hiring new employees, says Development and Communications Director Ashleigh Flynn.

The clinic was the result of a joint endeavor, with Clackamas County contributing $50,000 to the cost of the new clinic.

‘The county’s been a great partner,’ said Cascadia CEO Dr. Darryl Walker. Though Cascadia was initially unsure about the project, the county told them, ‘if you build it, they will come,’ said Walker.

Cindy Becker, Clackamas County’s director of housing, health and human services, said citizens of the county asked for choice and access. The county took these requests into account in its partnership with Cascadia, prioritizing openness and availability in the clinic.

‘That’s how changes happen in a community best,’ said County Commissioner Ann Lininger.

The clinic joins Cascadia’s Clackamas Gambling Treatment Clinic on Southeast 90th Boulevard and its crisis respite center in Oregon City.