OHA awards funds to PHOENIX to continue mentoring!

These funds are for mentoring in Washington and Clackamas Counties

Oregon Health Authority awarded PHOENIX funds to continue our mentor work in Washington and Clackamas counties. The legislature approved these funds after voters passed Ballot Measure 110 in November 2020. M110 was designed to treat addiction as a health issue rather than a criminal issue. The funds are for opening many more sites across the state to make treatment more accessible to those in need. All sites will center around a BHRN (Behavioral Health Resource Network). These are groups of nonprofits and other treatment facilities – or CBOs (Community-Based Organizations) – that work together to address the specific needs of each person. Some large CBOs will offer multiple services. Small CBOs – like PHOENIX – will offer more limited services. PHOENIX will continue to offer Peer Support, Mentoring, and Recovery Services.

Stay tuned for more details!

PHOENIX helped pass Measure 110

See how it’s going after its first year!

PHOENIX is part of a coalition – HJRA (Oregon Health Justice Recovery Alliance) – that was instrumental in encouraging voters to pass Measure 110 in November of 2020. It was designed to treat substance abuse as a health issue rather than a criminal issue. It removed criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of various drugs. It allows people to pay a $100 fine or get screened for addiction treatment. Accompanying legislation provided for increased funding for treatment throughout the state. M110 was expected to significantly reduce racial disparities in drug arrests as well. For PHOENIX Rising Transitions this was part of our ongoing work toward better health outcomes for people who have been incarcerated and our commitment toward eliminating racism in policing and the criminal justice system.