HealthRIGHT 360 gives hope, builds health, and changes lives for people in need. We do this by providing compassionate, integrated care that includes primary medical, mental health, substance use disorder treatment and re-entry services.
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To address the thousands of adolescents and young adults that were streaming into San Francisco for the cultural revolution of the 1960’s, Haight Ashbury Medical Clinics (HAMC) opened its doors in 1967 as the first free medical clinic in the country. During the first week of operation over 400 patients were seen. HAMC has been an innovator in delivering primary health care services to many of the people who can least afford them. “Health Care is a Right, Not a Privilege” has been the guiding principle as well as its famous tagline.
Walden House was founded in 1969 in the same Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco to help homeless and runaway adolescents with substance use disorder problems. Today, Walden House treats people with mental health and substance use disorder problems at various residential and outpatient centers throughout California, including in-prison treatment programs, and facilities in San Francisco and Los Angeles, providing drug and alcohol treatment and mental health, vocational and housing services for people transitioning back into their communities. Like HAFC, Walden House has always served people who are uninsured, homeless and socio-economically disenfranchised, including those with HIV/AIDS.
Haight Ashbury Medical Clinics and Walden House have both grown over the years, becoming national models for community healthcare, substance use disorder treatment and mental health services. The organizations merged on July 1, 2011 to best serve the most vulnerable members of our community. On July 1, 2012, Haight Ashbury Medical Clinics – Walden House adopted a new name: HealthRIGHT 360.
A Growing Family of Programs
Asian American Recovery Services (AARS) joined the family of HealthRIGHT 360 programs in 2013. Founded in 1985, AARS has grown to serve thousands of people throughout San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties.
Integrated Care Center provides compassionate, non-judgmental care. Our supportive staff is experienced with the complex healthcare needs that can result from homelessness, poverty, and addiction. Our providers have specialized expertise in preventative health, chronic conditions, the treatment of infectious diseases, and addiction.
In 2014, North County Serenity House of San Diego county and Women’s Recovery Association (WRA) of San Mateo joined HealthRIGHT 360, continuing its leadership as a provider of gender responsive services for women and women with children.
Prototypes joined in 2016 expanding behavioral health care for women and children and services to survivors of domestic violence in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties.
Rock Medicine has evolved into a full program of HealthRIGHT 360, and has provided service at an ever-growing number of concerts, community marches, celebrations and fairs, circuses, and assorted other events. In recent years, its 800+ active volunteers have provided care at over 1200 events in a single year.