Comprehensive Healthcare Expands Opioid Treatment Clinic in Yakima | Local

Recently completed renovations to Comprehensive Healthcare’s Medication Assisted Treatment Clinic in Yakima will allow more members of the community to get help with their addictions.

The clinic’s renovations, which include additional dosing areas and public spaces to reduce congestion inside the clinic, come at a time when drug-related overdose deaths continue to rise in the state. from Washington. In 2021 alone, the Washington State Department of Health recorded more than 2,000 overdose deaths, a 66% increase from 2019.

Dr. Frank Garner, Comprehensive Healthcare’s chief medical officer, said the renovations were part of a larger effort to increase the clinic’s capacity and the comfort of its customers. The clinic is at 402 S. Fourth Ave., entrance 5.

Garner said the clinic is focused on treating opioid addiction, and the prevalence of fentanyl makes the increased drug testing capacity more necessary.

“Although the first word is medicine, the focus really needs to be on treatment,” Garner said.

In addition to providing clients with doses of suboxone and methadone, Garner said it was equally important to focus on the whole person or the factors in a person’s life that led to addiction. .

“We have counsellors, we have lifestyle counsellors, support staff, peer counselors and medical providers who assess a person’s needs for medications that might support or help them” , Garner said. “Many of these people also receive mental health care from us.”

Small amounts of fentanyl can be fatal. By early June, Yakima County had 34 suspected or confirmed overdose deaths, the majority related to fentanyl. The county had 46 by this time last year, according to the Yakima County Coroner’s Office.

The clinic’s renovations are the result of increased federal funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

In addition to other state funds and grants, the funding allows people who need the services to access help. Although Comprehensive Healthcare works with insurers like Medicaid, Garner said the clinic requires little more than proof of identity to provide treatment.

“To be enrolled in the program, you just need to be able to prove in some way that you are who you are and that we have documents proving that you really need this treatment. Maybe you have withdrawal symptoms or have you ever experienced withdrawal symptoms in the past,” Garner said.

To learn more about the services provided by the clinic, visit the Comprehensive Healthcare website or call a client advocate at 800-490-1166 or 509-576-4319.

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