Haight Ashbury Free Clinics
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The original Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic
|Founded||June 7, 1967|
Number of locations
|Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, California|
|Website||Haight Ashbury Free Clinics website|
The organization was founded by Dr. David E. Smith in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, California on June 7, 1967, during the counterculture of the 1960s. As thousands of youth arrived in the city, many were in need of substance abuse treatment, mental health service, and medical attention. The clinic became the model for the modern form of the free clinic. The Clinics are currently composed of four core programs:
- Medical clinics
- Substance abuse treatment services
- Jail psychiatric services
- Rock medicine: on-site medical services for public events and concerts
- Treasure Island Job Corp Wellness Center
The clinics merged in 2011 with Walden House an addiction treatment organization; in 2012 they adopted a new name: HealthRIGHT 360.
- Weiss, Gregory L. (2006). Grass Roots Medicine: The Story of America's Free Health Clinics. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 0-7425-4070-7.
- How a 'Hippie Clinic' in the Haight-Ashbury Started a Medical Revolution. Carrie Feibel. The California Report. Aug 11, 2017. KQED
- Seymour, Richard (1987). The Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinics: Still free after all these years, 1967-1987. San Francisco, California: Partisan Press.
- Smith, David Elvin; John Luce (1971). Love Needs Care: A History of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic and Its Pioneer Role in Treating Drug-Abuse Problems. Little, Brown. ISBN 0-316-80143-7.
- Sturges, Clark S. (1993). Dr. Dave: A Profile of David E. Smith, M.D., Founder of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics. Walnut Creek, California: Devil Mountain Books. ISBN 0-915685-08-6.