Washington County opens mental health walk-in center

Hawthorn Ribbon Cutting   After two years of planning and a lot of thoughtful collaboration, the Hawthorn Walk-in Center for Mental Health and Addictions Care opened its doors in May. 
   This is Washington County's first mental health urgent care center, which is located in Hillsboro on Elam Young Parkway next to the MAX station.
   Project leaders, elected officials and community partners gathered this week to celebrate with a grand opening, ribbon cutting ceremony.
   "When you consider how much had to be done and how many organizations and perspectives were engaged, this project moved at an amazing pace," said Washington County Chairman, and WEA Board member, Andy Duyck. "This is a proud day for Washington County."
   The Hawthorn Walk-in Center is open every day from 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. and will accept both walk-in clients and those wanting to make appointments. 
   It's a place for people who need help for themselves or for a loved one, but who are not requiring hospital-based help.
   Services provided include assessment, crisis counseling, mental health education, and connection to treatment providers and other social services for ongoing care.
   For more information, visit the center's website or the 24/7 Washington County Crisis Line (503-291-9111).