The Oregon Health Authority is pleased to announce the appointment of 21 members to serve on a new Oversight and Accountability Council (OAC) to oversee the implementation of Measure 110, the Drug Treatment and Recovery Act.
The appointees represent a wide variety of communities and perspectives, in keeping with OHA’s mission to expand health equity in Oregon.
“Out of nearly 200 applicants, we found 21 highly qualified, experienced individuals who truly represent the diverse populations who will benefit the most from the passing of this Act,” said OHA Director Pat Allen.
Oregon voters passed Measure 110 in November 2020. The measure changes multiple criminal sentencing laws regulating the possession of controlled substances and leads people to treatment, rather than punishment.
The measure creates a Treatment and Recovery Services fund, financed with marijuana revenues, that will cover the cost of 15 new Addiction Recovery Centers (ARCs) and wraparound services. The measure also required OHA to form the Oversight and Accountability council to implement a plan to establish the ARCs and administer the fund. Finally, OHA was required to create a temporary ARC in the form of a 24/7 hotline.
The measure required OHA to stand up both the Oversight and Accountability Council and the temporary ARC hotline by Feb. 1, 2021.
The 24/7 temporary, statewide ARC hotline went live Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 and will be in operation until regional centers are in place. Beginning Feb. 1, 2021, law enforcement officers may give the hotline number to people in possession of controlled substances, Some individuals may also receive a $100 citation. Individuals may call the hotline and complete the health assessment process, as outlined in the measure, and they will receive a letter of verification to present to the court to have the $100 fee waived.
“We are proud of the fact that we met these requirements on time, and that the new law will help us establish a more health-based, equitable and effective approach to drug addiction in Oregon,” said OHA Behavioral Health Director Steve Allen.
The Oversight and Accountability Council will have its first meeting in late February to begin planning for services required in the measure.
Melinda Bell, Lead Case Manager, Union Gospel Mission
O’Nesha Christine Cochran, Lead, Brown Hope
Caroline Martinez Cruz, Health & Human Services General Manager, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
LaKeesha Dumas, Office of Consumer Engagement Coordinator, Multnomah County Addictions and Mental Health Department
Sabrina Flint Garcia, Certified Recovery Mentor, Traditional Health Worker, Peer Recovery Initiated in Medical Establishments
Morgan Godvin, Commissioner, Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, Research Associate, Health in Justice Action Center
Makeda M. Jensen, Member at large
Chair Cheryle A. Kennedy, Tribal Council Chairwoman, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
Hubert Benny Mathews, Jr., Member at large
Dharma Leria Mirza, Equity and Justice Fellow, Association for Recovery in Higher Education
Amy Madrigal, Crisis Center Manager, COPES Clinic
Zebuli Payne, Clinical Director, Phoenix Wellness Center
Eowyn Rieke, MD MPH, Services Director, Blackburn Center, Central City Concern
Henri M. Shields-Lucero, LCSW, CADCIII, Clinical Supervisor, Garlington Center
Nicole Elizabeth Silva, Social Worker
Blue Valentine, Harm Reduction Service Provider
Carlos Vazquez, Adolescent Residential Counselor, The Yes House Milestones
Leticia Parra Welch, Certified Recovery Mentor, Addiction Recovery Center
Karen Wheeler, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc.
Ronald Eugene Williams, Community Organizer
Lana Winnie, Director, Adult Residential Programs, De Paul Treatment Centers