Oregon Health Authority selects Access to Care grantees

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has selected 48 organizations to receive a total of $10 million in initial funding to provide services required by Measure 110, the Drug Treatment and Recovery Act, which was passed by Oregon voters in November 2020.

The organizations chosen for funding provided proposals that met the criteria to deliver services to communities most impacted by substance use disorder and the war on drugs, including Communities of Color and Tribal communities.

OHA received a total of 114 grant proposals from across the state. An 18-person evaluation committee, which included members of the Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council, OHA and Oregon Dept. of Human Services staff, evaluated the proposals and selected the awardees.

Awardees were able to demonstrate their ability to offer services that:

  • Are culturally and linguistically specific
  • Increase low-barrier, trauma-informed, and non-stigmatizing recovery and treatment
  • Support person-directed recovery, and
  • Support and expand the peer-based workforce.

Additionally, grantees clearly outlined how they will provide:

  • Peer delivered services (including outreach, recovery mentoring, and housing retention)
  • Transitional, recovery, and supportive housing assistance
  • Employment supports
  • Community service navigation,
  • Access to harm reduction supports and services, and
  • Increased access to multiple methods of substance use treatment.  

Oregon Health Authority Health Systems Division Director Margie Stanton said, “I’m delighted the grants committee was able to fund organizations around the state with the values we looked for, who understand the need to center equity, and who can deliver quality services to our priority communities.”

OHA Behavioral Health Director Steve Allen said, “We are very impressed with the quality of the proposals that were submitted by organizations who will provide these urgently needed, culturally responsive, substance use services.” Allen continued, “The need is great and I’m looking forward to the work the OAC is doing to develop the next grant opportunity to ensure these services are expanded to meet the needs of Oregonians struggling with addictions.”

Grant agreements will be completed by June 8 and new programs will begin shortly thereafter, while existing programs will provide enhanced services. The grant funds will support programming through the end of 2021.

The Legislature will appropriate additional funding for Measure 110 through the 2021-23 budget and the Oversight and Accountability Council will be responsible for designing future funding opportunities. 

See list of awardees and read more about Measure 110 at https://www.oregon.gov/oha/HSD/AMH/Pages/Measure110.aspx