Media Room

REMARKS AS PREPARED

Governor Kate Brown
Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission Kick-Off Meeting
Tuesday, April 23, 2019


I am so pleased to be with you here today to kick off the development of a statewide strategic plan to help Oregonians who struggle every day with alcohol and drug addiction.

Addiction recovery is an issue that unites us all. As we all know, resources are scarce, so a unified, comprehensive vision across agencies is essential to success.

Today is an important beginning, but it is also the culmination of a lot of work over the past year in which we have put a renewed focus on addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery.

Last spring, I issued Executive Order 18-01, which declared alcohol and substance abuse addiction to be a public health crisis in Oregon, and I directed all the agencies here today to work with the Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission (ADPC) to develop a Statewide Strategic Plan.

We all have a shared responsibility for addressing this crisis, and much work needs to be done to break down the silos between agencies.

I have brought on new leadership -- Dr. Richardson -- to lead this work. Dr. Richardson has been working with the Commission, agencies, and stakeholders on developing a framework for the plan we are beginning work on today. Thanks to that work, we have a unified vision for making some real progress in fighting addiction in Oregon.

This vision includes five goals:
• Reduce substance use disorder for 75,000 Oregonians in five years
• Improve standards of care and access to treatment for Oregonians with substance use disorder, with an emphasis on outcomes and transparency
• Fix treatment structures and certification standards
• Make key investments in services that support individuals in recovery
• Continue to lead in the fight against the opioid epidemic

Before we get started, I would like to thank Dr. Richardson for his leadership.

I also would like to thank Commission Chair Judge Block. You are one the leading voices on the bench for addiction and recovery. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to help those struggling with addiction.

All of you in this room will be key to our success. You each have an essential part to play. I look forward to what we can achieve together.