Portland, OR. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is building one of the nation’s most innovative community centered campuses—a place where healing, homes and hope come together. Cascadia’s new Garlington Health Center at the corner of Northeast MLK and Morris in the Eliot neighborhood will provide integrated healthcare – mental health, addiction treatment, primary care and wellness services – all in one location to support all of a person’s health needs. The new campus – due to open this summer – will also be home to Garlington Place, a 52-unit affordable housing apartment building. Advocates believe the key to fight homelessness and help people achieve improved health and well-being is to provide access to both whole health care and safe, permanent housing. To support the goal for the new campus, supporters have launched Building a Culture of Caring, Cascadia’s $3.5 million dollar community giving campaign. You can help by contributing at https://cascadiabhc.org/give/ways-to-give/give-now/.

Here’s a video about the campaign:

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is celebrating the success of its sold out Culture of Caring Gala on April 5th and reaching out the whole community saying, “Your support has immediate impact in the capital campaign effort to open the new Garlington Health Center.”

To learn more about the naming recognition opportunities and how a gift can be part of the growing circle of community supporters, call 503.963.7799 or email Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare at [email protected]

The Garlington Center, as it is known today, was dedicated in honor of the late Rev. Dr. John W. Garlington Jr and his wife, Yvonne Garlington, who established a compassionate voice for Portland’s African American population within the social services community. Dr. Garlington was a leader for social justice in the areas of education, employment, police-community relations and ministries to individuals and families experiencing poverty, hunger and homelessness. The Garlingtons’ died in a tragic car accident while traveling in Florida in 1986. In honor of their remarkable contributions to the people of Portland, Cascadia renamed the Center in 2006 to recognize Dr. and Mrs. John Garlington’s legacy. 


From Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare:

Cascadia’s new Garlington Health & Wellness Center will be one of Oregon and the Northwest’s leading integrated mental health, addiction recovery, primary care and wellness services clinic when it opens in 2018.  

Our new campus will have economic benefits to the community through investments made in workforce development and employment opportunities. Coupled with the addition of residents in the apartment building, and individuals and families visiting the Garlington Health & Wellness Center, these activities will positively impact the neighborhood, area businesses and nonprofits.

We know that mental health and addiction challenges can impact lives in many ways and we know that the benefits of integrated healthcare contributes to an individual’s ability to achieve improvements in health. We also know that placing individuals and families in homes first provide a safe, familiar environment in which to heal, recover and regain independence.

Cascadia’s plans for the new clinic innovate the delivery and model of mental healthcare and addiction recovery with the integration of primary care services to treat and provide medical care for illnesses and chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and arthritis. With the addition of wellness programs and classes, the new Center will also help promote healthy living.  

Wellness programs will include community spaces such as a teaching kitchen, health education classrooms, resource library, and a community garden; and host nutrition and cooking classes, exercise lessons, parenting programs, First Aid, and more. Integrated care contributes to improved health outcomes, reduces the financial burden on area hospitals and emergency departments, and increases healthcare cost savings. 

Support our campaign with your gift today. To speak with someone about making a gift, learn about naming opportunities/recognition, or to sign up for an upcoming tour of the building, please call 503.963.7799 or Email us.