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Updated May 18, 2021
Due to pending legislation, this page will be updated with new dates and information throughout the legislative session.
The 24/7/365 Addiction Recovery Centers required by Oct. 1, 2021 can be a network of existing qualified providers. A grants program will pay for the treatment and recovery services.
The OAC will establish rules for both the A.R.C.'s and the Access to Care Grants.
OHA, in coordination with the OAC, posted a Request for Grant Proposals for the 2019-2021 biennium. The application deadline has passed. Grant awards will be decided the week of May 10, 2021. The total number of awards will be made subject to the availability of funds by a process that will allow equitable distribution among eligible providers throughout the state. Grant recipients will be notified on May 17, 2021 and must submit a finalized budget to OHA within 15 days of receiving award notification. Funds will be disbursed on June 8, 2021.
These funds will support increased access to low-barrier treatment, housing, peer support services and harm reduction services, in the short term. The OAC will continue to work on rules and funding streams for the 2021-2023 biennium.
Funding for the grants will come from marijuana revenue transfer and law enforcement savings from reduced arrest and adjudication of drug offenses. Those funds will be transferred into the Treatment and Recovery Services fund by the end of each fiscal year.
Funding: The funding source specified in the bill is marijuana tax taken from the Mental Health, Alcoholism and Drug Services account. These funds are currently used to pay for non-Medicaid behavioral health services through the County Financial Assistance Agreements. Shifting these funds requires backfilling with general fund dollars so existing services and service providers can remain effective.
Services: The OAC has the authority to design the rules and array of services covered within the scope of the measure and will deliberate these during the summer of 2021.
Workforce: Addiction Recovery Centers are meant to offer services 24/7/365. Trained credentialed workers will be required for assessments. We currently have a severe shortage in our behavioral health workforce. OHA proposed investments in the workforce for the 2021 budget, which are included in the Governor’s Recommended Budget. It will take time, however, to solve the workforce issue.
The Oversight and Accountability Council oversees the implementation of Addiction Recovery Centers and Access to Care grants. The council has 22 members from across the state who represent diverse communities. The council meets every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Meeting agendas and links to YouTube broadcasts are on the OAC web page.
Access to Care grants have been awarded!
See the list of grantees
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OHA welcomes your questions and comments about Measure 110 implementation.
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