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New Clinic Opens In Eugene Offering Addiction, Behavioral and Medical Services

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Angela Kellner
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A new clinic offering a one-stop shop to treat substance abuse, mental health and primary care held a grand opening in downtown Eugene Thursday.

Willamette Family is a non-profit that has been in the Eugene area for fifty years. It offers residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment, detox and help for families. Now they've opened a Rapid Access Clinic for walk-ins or appointments. Senior Manager Jonathan Smith.

Smith: "When we talk about health, wellness and recovery, understanding it's about treating the whole person. Trying to treat people in silos doesn't work well. And understanding that they may have mental health issues that they need help with or substance use issues, at the same time, people that have troubles with either of those issues, they also have primary care issues that have gone undiagnosed and not treated."

Smith says these integrated services should help take some of the pressure off of emergency rooms. The Rapid Access Clinic is on the corner of 12th and Charnelton in downtown Eugene.

Angela Kellner is the KLCC host of All Things Considered and a reporter. Angela began as a KLCC volunteer in 1991 when she was in high school. While a student at Lane Community College, she was hired in 1993 for a work-study position in the KLCC Music Department and has been with the station in some role since then. Angela hosted KLCC's world music program Tropical Beat for 11 years from 1994 to 2005 and continues to fill in on a monthly basis.