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News Release
Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council approves more BHRN applications for Oregon counties - 05/13/22

May 13, 2022

Media contact: Timothy Heider, 971-599-0459,

timothy.heider@dhsoha.state.or.us

Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council approves more BHRN applications for Oregon counties

The Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council (OAC) this week approved applications for drug treatment and recovery services in six additional counties, bringing the overall total to 27.

The approvals are nearing a final phase in a continuing process to award approximately $265 million in funds to substance use treatment providers across Oregon.

As of the end of this week, the OAC subcommittees reviewed all applications in Clackamas, Linn, Klamath and Marion counties. Lane and Multnomah counties still have applications that are pending full approval.

What has been approved so far

Deschutes, Josephine and Union counties are scheduled for review next week.

A calendar with an estimated timeline for the OAC subcommittees can be found here.

More information on the approval process for Behavioral Health Resource Networks (BHRNs) can be found here.

In other developments, the OAC has voted to adopt a new 18-month grant spending timeline. The new timeline will run from July 2022 through December 2023. This means that regardless of when a grant agreement is final, the grant will be extended through December 2023.

Additionally, the Measure 110 web page now features resources for applicants that OHA will update as needed.

To receive funding, successful applicants within each Oregon county must be able to provide all the required services or work cooperatively with other providers to establish a coordinated network — a BHRN — with services including:

  • Screening and comprehensive behavioral health needs assessment
  • Individual intervention planning, case management and connection to services
  • Low barrier substance use treatment
  • Peer support, mentoring and recovery services
  • Housing services
  • Harm reduction intervention
  • Supported employment.

After approved providers receive their letters of intent to award, those who are part of a BHRN collaboration within a county region will work cooperatively to establish Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) and a complete BHRN. 

If all the required services are not available through the successful applicants within a county region, OHA will recommend to OAC how to add the services needed to establish a complete BHRN.

OHA is hosting welcome and orientation sessions with approved providers and is moving through the negotiation phase as quickly as possible.

The goal of the negotiations is to:

  • Ensure every service element is available to form a BHRN in each county.
  • Establish viable budgets for every BHRN.
  • Make all reasonable efforts to associate approved applicants with a BHRN.

A fast-track option is available in cases when all service elements for a BHRN are available, and applicants within a county region can agree on a budget that falls at or below the allotted funding amount available by county.

Funding will be released no later than 20 days after a BHRN receives full approval and all agreements are executed.

OHA will provide frequent updates on the application review, approval and agreement process.

Other M110 funds to be disbursed

A three-month extension will be offered to Access to Care (ATC) grantees through Sept. 30, 2022. The grantees will receive a pro-rated amount based on their prior award, bringing the total funds disbursed to approximately $39.9 million.

These funds will prevent a lapse of funding or interruption of service for grantees while the OAC continues to review and approve applications.

Access to Care grantees comprise 70 substance use treatment programs that provide treatment, housing, vocational training and other life-changing support services.

Read more about Measure 110

Background: In November 2020, Oregon voters passed Measure 110, the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act of 2020, which became effective on Dec. 4, 2020, to better serve people actively using substances or diagnosed with a substance use disorder. In July 2021, the legislature passed SB 755, which amended the act and made it more feasible to implement.

People who provide drug treatment and recovery services and advocates for criminal justice reform wrote Measure 110 in response to the high rate of drug addiction and overdoses in Oregon, and the disproportionate impact of those outcomes on Oregon’s communities of color.

Their goal was to establish a more equitable and effective approach to substance use disorder. OHA is working with the Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council to develop a first-in-the-nation health-based approach to substance use and overdose prevention system, which is more helpful, caring and cost-effective than punishing and criminalizing people who need help.

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