Oregon's psilocybin-program reached another milestone Friday with the announcement that the first licensed service centre.
Cathy Jonas is the founder of EPIC Healing Eugene and was granted the first license by the Oregon Health Authority. OHA previously licensed three manufacturing operations, one lab for testing and five facilitators. Dozens more are awaiting approval.
The Healing Advocacy Fund released an announcement in which Jonas, founder and owner of this healing center, stated that he was excited to become the first licensed service center in Oregon. He also expressed his excitement to be able open the doors to the many clients in Oregon who will benefit by our transformational, psychedelic assisted therapy in a nurturing, safe environment.
She plans to open in May, and will serve 30 clients a month in both individual and group sessions.
This latest development occurs about two-and-a-half years after Measure 109 was passed by voters. To legally access psilocybin, clients must be 21 or older and complete a session of preparation with a licensed facilitator. The facilitator supervises the administration and optional integration of the psychedelic mushroom.
Psilocybin has been shown to be effective at treating depression, anxiety, and addiction that is resistant to treatment. The cost of a session can range from $1,500 up to $3,000 due to the facilitator training costs, fees, taxes, and other associated costs.
Sam Chapman is the executive director of Healing Advocacy Fund. He expects that at least 12 services centers will be operational by the end the year.
Chapman stated that today is a "watershed moment" and the first day people in Oregon will have access to an essential tool for addressing depression, anxiety, and addiction.