Oregon Drug Decrim Measure’s Treatment Network Back On Track Following Delays, Officials Say

Oregon Drug Decrim Measure’s Treatment Network Back On Track Following Delays, Officials Say
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“The lack of clarity around roles and responsibilities has contributed to delays, confusion and strained relations.” By Lynne Terry, Oregon Capital Chronicle The state’s implementation of a new drug prevention and treatment network to help tens of thousands of people with addiction problems appears to be back on track after months of delays caused in part by mismanagement and misjudgment by the Oregon Health Authority. That was one of the main messages in a presentation Thursday to a state House committee by Ian Green, performance audit manager for the Secretary of State’s Office. Auditors are doing an ongoing or “real time” audit of the implementation of Measure 110, which was approved by voters in November 2020. The measure decriminalized the possession of small amounts of drugs while creating a new prevention, treatment and recovery system based on a network of services in each county. The delay in setting up those networks comes as Oregon’s addiction crisis worsens, with a spike in overdose deaths and widespread availability of methamphetamine and potentially deadly opioids. Oregon has the third highest addiction rate in the country and ranks last in access to treatment, according to national surveys. Measure 110 dedicated about $150 million a year in marijuana tax revenue for addiction prevention, treatment and recovery. This funding was intended to bolster community services to treat people with an addition to drugs or alcohol, including with more recovery services and special housing. County networks are supposed to communicate with each other to share information, and they are supposed to make it easy for patients to access services. The measure also emphasizes equity and cultural competence in services. The new system was supposed to have been approved January. Instead, a state oversight committee just finished reviewing about 240 applications from organizations seeking to get a share…

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