Opening of a new health clinic in Paso Robles
The new Paso Robles Clinic brings together public health and behavioral health services
– San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health Clinics and San Luis Obispo County Public Health Clinics are now under one roof in a new facility in Paso Robles and provide a wide range of services to those living in northern San Luis County Obispo live or work. The new facility is located at 805 4th Street, with parking nearby.
Located on the first floor of the building, which opened in December 2021, is the Drug and Alcohol Behavioral Health Unit, which offers a variety of services and programs to support community members affected by substance use disorders. These include recovery services, outpatient treatment and drink driving programs. On the second floor of the building, Behavioral Health offers adolescent psychiatric services and substance abuse treatment for adolescents and families, including individual and family therapy programs, rehabilitation, case management and more. All behavioral health services are designed to help people with mental illness and/or substance use disorders achieve the highest quality of life by providing programs that focus on the overall needs of clients and their families.
“The beauty of this building on 4th Street and Spring Street is that we truly are a one-stop shop for community members in North County,” said Kimberly Mott, Behavioral Health Program Supervisor. “Our team is committed to bringing a wide range of behavioral health services under one roof so we can better help individuals and their families achieve overall well-being and recovery in multiple areas of their lives.”
The Public Health department, which moved into the new premises in July, is located on the second floor of the building. Public health services include the Women, Infant, and Child (WIC) Nutrition Program and Reproductive Health Programs, which provide a wide range of friendly, confidential, free, or low-cost reproductive and sexual health services for women, men, and youth.
“We are so proud of this new, state-of-the-art facility that is conveniently located in downtown Paso Robles and easily accessible to our community, including those who use public transportation,” said Jenny Taranto, Supervising Public Health Nurse. “Through this new facility, you can get all kinds of healthcare services, like birth control, emergency contraception, and testing for sexually transmitted infections. We also have a full immunization clinic where we administer COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, as well as a variety of travel vaccines.”
These services include:
- Birth control (including IUDs and birth control pills)
- Free condoms (just stop by during opening hours – basket is in front of the front door)
- Emergency Contraception (Plan B)
- pregnancy test
- Cancer screening (smear tests and breast exams)
- HIV test
- STD test and treatment
- PrEP and PEP (HIV prevention)
- Vaccination, including routine and travel vaccinations
“Any community member can use these services, and you don’t need a doctor’s referral to access the clinic,” Taranto said. “Many community members may be eligible for free services through Family PACT, Medi-Cal or Medicare. Public Health also accepts private insurance. Fees are tiered for all other community members.”
The Paso Robles clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and services are available by appointment at (805) 237-3050. Community members who wish to open psychiatric or drug and alcohol services should call 800-838-1381.