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J Psychoactive Drugs. 2012 Apr-Jun;44(2):93-5.

The medicalization of therapeutic communities in the era of health care reform.


Recent health care reform legislation has prompted greater efforts to divert substance abusers to addiction treatment facilities. A major component of reform has been the acknowledgement that mental health and addiction issues must be treated on a par with medical issues. The merger of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics and Walden House offers a model for the medicalization of therapeutic communities to provide a medical home for previously underserved, marginalized populations.

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