Lifeline Connections provides mental health services in Camas

Open house will be held Oct. 20

Individual counseling and group therapy sessions are available at a new office that offers mental health services, in Camas.

Psychiatric medication management is also provided at Lifeline Connections, 329 N.E. Lechner St.

While the staff is licensed to treat all mental health conditions including depression and anxiety, it has expertise in treating veterans and people who have experienced trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

“It’s going to be great for the residents of Camas and Washougal, so they don’t have to commute to Vancouver or Portland,” said Jared Sanford, chief executive officer of Lifeline Connections. “It provides a much needed treatment option. We’re excited for this service and hope the people who need it will utilize it.”

An open house, Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 4 to 6 p.m., will include refreshments and an opportunity to meet the staff.

Lifelines Connections’ main campus is located in the Clark County Community Health Building 17, at 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver. It offers inpatient and outpatient substance use treatment.

That includes a 16-bed acute detoxification program for men and women, which typically involves one to five days, according to Sanford.

There is also a 44-bed residential program, where the stay is usually 30 days.

The standard timeframe for participants in the substance use disorder outpatient program is 90 days. Some individuals receive treatment for mental health and substance use issues.

Another Lifeline Connections office opened in July, to provide mental health services at 11719 N.E. 95th St., Vancouver.

Funding for the expansion in east Vancouver and Camas was provided by Southwest Washington Behavioral Health, which administers and coordinates public mental health services in Clark and Skamania counties.

Sanford expects outpatient substance use treatment will be available at the east Vancouver and Camas sites, starting in the spring of 2016.

The Camas office hours are Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Questions can be directed to 397-8246 or info@lifelineconnections.org. For more information, visit www.lifelineconnections.org.

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