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Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act

Updated Jan. 24, 2022

The Behavioral Health Resource Network funding timeline has been extended to give more time to process the large number of applications submitted and to ensure the evaluation subcommittee and the Oversight and Accountability Council have enough time to perform an equitable and fair review.

OHA initially extended the application deadline from Dec. 9, 2021, to Dec. 16, 2021, to allow more time for organizations to submit their applications. This extension proved effective, and OHA received more than 400 applications to review. It has taken the OAC more time to review the applications than previously planned for. 

We understand that a change in timeline funding has implications and encourage you to let us know what assistance you may need. Please contact us at OHA.Measure110@dhsoha.state.or.us.

Procedure for evaluation

1. Teams of two council members will meet with one OHA facilitator weekly beginning Jan. 3 and ending Feb. 4 to review the applications they have evaluated individually at home and review their recommendations for awards for their assigned or chosen counties.

2. From Feb. 7 to Feb. 18, the full committee will meet multiple times to present and determine their recommendations for statewide BHRN funding.

3. On Feb. 23, the full OAC will meet for four hours for the committee to present and for the full council to vote on the awards for the full BHRNs

4. Final award letters will be sent to the grantees the week of Feb. 28.

5. OHA will create grant agreements and negotiate with individual organizations the four weeks in March.

6. First installment of grant awards will be sent to grantees by April 1.

Timeline:

Week and Dates Weekly Action Plan
Week 1: 1/3 – 1/7
  • Council members reading and scoring the applications
  • Meeting in teams of 2 council members and 1 OHA staff to discuss applications
Week 2: 1/10 – 1/14
  • Council members reading and scoring the applications
  • Meeting in teams of 2 council members and 1 OHA staff to discuss applications
Week 3: 1/17 – 1/21
  • Council members reading and scoring the applications
  • Meeting in teams of 2 council members and 1 OHA staff to discuss applications
Week 4: 1/24 – 1/28
  • Council members reading and scoring the applications
  • Meeting in teams of 2 council members and 1 OHA staff to discuss applications
Week 5: 1/31 – 2/4
  • Council members reading and scoring the applications
  • Meeting in teams of 2 council members and 1 OHA staff to discuss applications
  • Final decisions on county award recommendations in each team by 2/4/22
Week 6: 2/7 – 2/11
  • Two 4 hour meetings in full committee to review and approve/deny teams decisions
Week 7: 2/14 – 2/18
  • Two 4 hour meetings in full committee to review and approve/deny teams decisions
  • Final statewide award recommendations determined by committee by 2/18/21
Week 8: 2/21 – 2/25
  • Final Vote on statewide awards in full 4 hour Council meeting 2/23/21
  • Further meetings if needed to approve final BHRNs awards
Week 9: 2/28 – 3/4
  • Feb 28, 2022 all award letters to be sent to grantees for the BHRN
  • Begin Grant agreement negotiations 
Week 10: 3/7 – 3/11
  • Grant agreements written, negotiations continue
Week 11: 3/14 – 18
  • Grant agreements written, negotiations continue
Week 12: 3/21 – 25
  • Grant agreements written, negotiations continue
Week 13: 3/28 – 4/1
  • Final grant agreements
  • first installment of grant awards sent to BHRN grantees

In November 2020, Oregon voters passed by referendum Measure 110, or the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act.

The purpose of Measure 110 is to make screening health assessment, treatment and recovery services for drug addiction available to all those who need and want access to those services; and to adopt a health approach to drug addiction by removing criminal penalties for low-level drug possession.

When they passed the ballot measure, the people of Oregon recognized drug addiction and overdoses are a serious problem in Oregon; and that Oregon needs to expand access to drug treatment. A health-based approach to addiction and overdose is more effective, humane and cost-effective than criminal punishments. Making people criminals because they suffer from addiction is expensive, ruins lives and can make access to treatment and recovery more difficult.

Multiple criminal sentencing laws regulating the possession of controlled substances changed from felonies to Class E violations on February 1, 2021.

It is the policy of the State of Oregon that screening, health assessment, treatment and recovery services for drug addiction are available to all those who need and want access to those services.

The initial measure required the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to establish:

  • A Treatment and Recovery Services fund, financed with marijuana revenues, to fund new Addiction Recovery Centers and Community Access to Care grants.
  • Fifteen 24/7/365 Addiction Recovery Centers throughout the state by Oct. 1, 2021.
  • A grants program to support the Addiction Recovery Centers.
  • A second grant program to increase access to community-based services.
  • An Oversight and Accountability Council to oversee the distribution of the grants, with OHA providing technical, logistical and all other necessary supports to the council. 
  • A 24/7 Telephone Addiction Recovery Center by Feb. 1, 2021. 

Senate Bill 755 (2021) modified some of the requirements of M110 and provided details for the its requirements, allowing for it to be implemented. Some of the changes include:

  • Renaming Addiction Recovery Centers to Behavioral Health Resource Networks (BHRNs).
  • Establishing the authority of the Oversight and Accountability Council to distribute grants to providers that would ensure access to culturally specific and linguistically responsive care for historically underserved populations.
  • Adding details surrounding the newly created Class E Violation.
  • Establishing Secretary of State auditing requirements.
  • Clarifying possession of substances and differentiating Class E violations, Class A misdemeanors, and felony charges depending on the quantity of substances in possession.

Read Senate Bill 755 for full details.

The Oversight and Accountability Council established Oregon Administrative Rules to govern the implementation of Measure 110 and Senate Bill 755.  The rules further define ways care is to be provided, including:

  • Operational, Policy, and Service and Support Requirements of Behavioral Health Resource Networks.
  • Formation of Behavioral Health Resource Networks and Funding for Behavioral Health Resource Networks
  • Data collecting and reporting requirements for Behavioral Health Resource Networks and recipients of grants or funds​

The Oversight and Accountability Council (OAC) oversees the implementation of Behavioral Health Resource Networks and provides ongoing funding for management of harmful substance use and substance use disorder through Access to Care and Behavioral Health Resource Network grants. The council has 22 members from across the state who represent diverse communities and backgrounds. 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 . ​

​A Behavioral Health Resource Network (BHRN) as established in Senate Bill 755 is an entity or group of entities working together to provide substance use services in Oregon. A minimum of one BHRN must be established in every county and Tribal area. Services provided by the BHRNs must be free of charge to the client, and BHRNs must bill insurance for services where possible before using grant funds. Each BHRN is required to provide trauma-informed, culturally specific and linguistically responsive services to people with substance use disorders or harmful substance use, including but not limited to:

  • Screening for health and social service needs.
  • Screening and referral for substance use disorder.
  • Access to an individualized intervention plan.
  • Case management.
  • Low-barrier substance use disorder treatment.
  • Harm reduction services.
  • Peer-supported services.
  • Housing.
  • Mobile and virtual outreach.
  • Referral to appropriate outside services.

​OHA, in coo​​rdination with the OAC, posted a Request for Proposals for Access to Care Grants for the 2019-2021 biennium. $22.3 million dollars in grants were awarded to 70 organizations across Oregon in 2021 to increase community access to services, such as low-barrier treatment, housing, peer support and harm reduction services for people with substance use disorders or harmful substance use.

OHA, in coordination with the OAC, is posting a Request for Grant Proposals to establish the Behavioral Health Resource Networks for each county. This grant opportunity requires interagency collaboration and the establishment of Memoranda of Understanding (MOU's) with other entities so that each BHRN will provide a complete list of services as required by Senate Bill 755 and Chapter 944.   

  • This grant opportunity opened Nov. 9, 2021 and initially closed Dec. 9, 2021. It was extended to Dec. 16, 2021, to give organizations more time to apply.
  • Because of the large number of applications received, the funding timeline was extended to allow more time for review and evaluation.
  • The new funding timeline is posted above.

 Behavioral Health Resource Networks are meant to offer services 24/7/365. Trained credentialed workers will be required for screenings and assessments, as well as other services outlined in Measure 110 and Senate Bill 755. Because the pandemic has negatively impacted Oregon's healthcare workforce, OHA has taken many steps to offset the challenges, including offering grants for behavioral health workforce recruitment and retention. Read more about how Oregon is supporting its behavioral health workforce.


Rules

Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council Rules and Rulemaking Notices

Rulemaking Notice: Comments due 1/21/2022. Watch the rulemaking hearing on YouTube

Requests for grant proposals

Access to Care grants have been awarded! 

Oversight and Accountability Council

About the council

About Measure 110

Informational webinar

View the webinar

Hotline flyer

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Fact sheets

For individuals:

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For providers:

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Questions?

OHA welcomes your questions and comments about Measure 110 implementation.

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