Haight Ashbury Free Clinics

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Haight Ashbury Free Clinics
Industry rehabilitation
Founded July 7, 1967 (1967-07-07)
Founder David E Smith
Number of locations
Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, California
Area served
Northern California
Website Haight Ashbury Free Clinics website

The Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Inc. is a free health care service provider serving more than 34,000 people in Northern California.


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:[1]

  • 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 recently merged with Walden House an addiction treatment organization to form Healthright 360.


  1. "Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Inc". Retrieved 2007-09-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

See also


  • Weiss, Gregory L. (2006). Grass Roots Medicine: The Story of America's Free Health Clinics. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 0-7425-4070-7.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Further reading

  • Seymour, Richard (1987). The Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinics: Still free after all these years, 1967-1987. San Francisco, California: Partisan Press.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • 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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • 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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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