A Portland non-profit has unveiled plans to build a new integrated health clinic and low-income apartment complex.
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is spending $14 million on an apartment complex for veterans, people with mental disabilities and low-income families.
CEO Derald Walker says it’s also spending $9 million on a new integrated clinic.
“The head and the body haven’t always been connected. If you want mental health services, [for] depression, anxiety or anything like that, you have to go to one provider, perhaps across town. If you are being seen by a primary care physician, you have to go somewhere else," he said.
"Everybody that gets served in the clinic for health care will both have behavioral health services, as well as primary health services. That’s very unique.”
Some of the money to build the center is coming from the City of Portland as part of a settlement between the Portland Police Bureau and the U.S. Department of Justice.
The new ‘Garlington Center’ is expected to open in 2017.