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Since it opened 50 years ago, the Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic has been a refuge for everyone from flower children to famous rock stars to Vietnam War veterans returning home addicted to heroin.

Canada Goose sale Strolling through the clinic halls in San Francisco, Dr. David Smith, the medical organization’s founder, points to a large collage that decorates a wall of an exam room affectionately referred to as the Psychedelic Wall of Fame. The 1967 relic shows a kaleidoscope of images of Jefferson Airplane and other legendary counterculture bands floating in a dreamscape of creatures, nude goddesses, peace symbols and large loopy letters. Canada Goose sale

« That was made by a woman who had just taken LSD, » Smith says. « She stayed here for a very long time and put all that up. It lasted as long as her LSD trip. » He continues on to what was once called canada goose outlet in usa the « bad trip » room, where clinic staff would talk clients down during acid trips gone awry.

canada goose deals Fundamentally, Smith and others say, the organization has remained true to its roots in counterculture, still offering free care in a deliberately nonjudgmental atmosphere. canada goose deals

But it is also drastically different: It is now the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics plural and part of a multi million dollar conglomerate canada goose factory outlet toronto location with the decidedly un hippie name of HealthRIGHT360.

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It’s been a long journey buy canada goose uk from Smith’s early days running a standalone clinic.

When his clinic first opened, it operated 24 hours a day with an army of volunteer physicians from the University canada goose outlet in canada of California, San Francisco, and Stanford University. The one paid staffer was a nurse. The first year’s budget was her salary: $25,000.

The clinic had what Smith describes as a « guerilla pharmacy. » Pharmaceutical representatives, he says, would load up their trunks with medication samples and drop them off at the clinic, canada goose outlet new york city where a team of UCSF volunteer pharmacists bottled canada goose outlet orlando up the medication and shelved it.

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canadian goose jacket Smith canada goose outlet online remembers when Joplin overdosed on heroin, and the clinic rushed over an « overdose team » armed with naloxone, a drug that blocks the effects of opiates. « We zipped out there, » he says, « and reversed her overdose. » canadian goose jacket

canada goose coats Smith says canada goose outlet england he saw many Vietnam veterans returning from the war in the early 1970s who were addicted to heroin. They felt ostracized, he says, by what was then called the Veterans Administration, and headed to San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury and its clinic, which by then offered comprehensive medical canada goose outlet online reviews care and a drug detox program. canada goose coats

canada goose clearance sale The influx of veterans led to federal grants to Smith’s clinic from the Special Action Office on Drug Abuse Prevention. « That began the government funding era in the 1970s and ensured our survival, » Smith says. canada goose clearance sale

In the 1980s, a young woman named Vitka Eisen came to the Haight Ashbury clinic struggling with heroin addiction, and learned firsthand the value of the personal attention the clinic offered.

canada goose black friday sale « I went there for detox at least nine times, » she says. « I never felt shamed or judged. They always acted like they were glad to see me. » canada goose black friday sale

Her trust in the staff, she says, led her to kick her heroin habit and return to school. She eventually earned a doctorate in education from Harvard University.

Today Eisen is CEO of HealthRIGHT360.

canada goose By 2011, like many recession era nonprofits, the organization Smith helped start in the 1960s was deeply in debt. So it merged with Walden House, a respected San Francisco based addiction and mental health treatment program, which wanted to offer comprehensive medical care to its patients. The merged nonprofit adopted the name HealthRIGHT360. canada goose

By joining forces, Eisen says, Walden House and the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics were able canada goose clothing uk to weather the extraordinary financial expense of shifting their organizations to electronic health records, a requirement of the Affordable Care Act.

With the network in place, she says, it’s been easier to train and add new providers as HealthRight360 has expanded. The merger also allowed the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics to erase its debt in a year.

buy canada goose jacket cheap Between 2011 and last July when the organization merged with Prototypes, a Southern canada goose outlet store calgary California women’s drug treatment center HealthRIGHT360 acquired five other community clinics in Northern California and now offers treatment at 40 sites up and down the state. buy canada goose jacket cheap

buy canada goose jacket Ben Avey, assistant director of external affairs canada goose outlet official at the California Primary Care Association, says such mergers aren’t new, but they have accelerated under the Affordable Care Act. buy canada goose jacket

At the individual clinics that comprise health systems like HealthRIGHT360, « they speak your language, know your culture, understand the situation you’re coming from, » Avey adds.

As CEO, Eisen led the consolidation that streamlined HealthRIGHT 360.

canada goose coats on sale « We have one board, one human resources department, one finance department, one payroll department and one executive, » she says. canada goose outlet black friday The annual revenue is $110 million. Medi Cal, the city, county, state and federal governments all reimburse HealthRIGHT 360 for providing patient services, as do commercial health insurers. canada goose coats on sale

cheap Canada Goose But ties to the early days remain. The early treatment of concertgoers evolved into San Francisco based Rock Medicine, which is now part of HealthRight360. Staff members set up medical clinics on site at rock concerts, circuses and fairs in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, providing medical treatment that garners $1,038,000 annually from the venues. cheap Canada Goose

Canada Goose Parka The nonjudgmental attitude of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics’ staff toward patients also continues to this day, according to 61 year old David Smith, (no relation to the clinic founder), who has been coming to the clinic since the 1980s and says he’s always felt welcomed and accepted Canada Goose Parka.

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