Portland, OR. CODA’a annual Advocacy Awards Luncheon was a time to honor Honora Englander, MD from Oregon Health & Science University. She’s the director of the Improving Addiction Care Team (IMPACT) and received her award from CODA’s Executive Director Tim Hartnett and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler in recognition of her work in the field of treating opioid addiction. Important substance-dependent research continues in our area.  Here’s a video about the groundbreaking work of Dr. Amanda Risser in partnership with Health Share of Oregon.  Dr. Risser’s project, involving the provision of maternity care for substance-dependent women, is called PROJECT NURTURE. 

More than 100 people attended the luncheon at the Multnomah Athletic Club on April 4th. CODA is the oldest opioid addiction treatment program in Oregon. Services include a range of evidence-based alcohol and drug-treatment programs, both outpatient and residential. CODA serves adult clients and families in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.

Robert Peltz, Leslie Peltz and CODA Board member Richard Lowensohn, MD.

More than 100 people attended the luncheon. The photo attached is Tim Hartnett, Englander, and Mayor Ted Wheeler, who served as Master of Ceremonies for the event at the Multnomah Athletic Club on April 4th.

Sponsors included The Standard, Morel Ink, Wells Fargo.

From CODA:

CODA is the oldest opioid addiction treatment program in Oregon. The agency was established in 1969 as part of a state effort to provide methadone to clients in need of treatment who could benefit from this medicine. CODA became an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit in 1979.

Between 1986 and 2007, we added transitional housing, outpatient, residential, withdrawal management (detoxification), recovery centers in Gresham and Tigard; Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) services, and mental health services.

Also during that time we added residential programs serving adults with severe and persistent mental illness and clients under jurisdiction of the Psychiatric Security Review Board.

In 2007, we offered our first Stepping Stones transitional housing for women in recovery being reunited with children who had been in foster care. In 2011-12, the two existing Stepping Stones transitional houses were built in Aloha.

In 2008, CODA was asked to assume oversight and administration of multiple alcohol and drug programs in Washington County, including drug court, community corrections, DUII and outpatient treatment.

Since 1999, CODA has collaborated with Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Dartmouth College, University of Pittsburgh, University of Washington, Virginia Commonwealth University, Kaiser Permanente, and other institutions on research funded by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and other foundations and agencies. CODA was one of the original members of the Robert Wood Johnson grant for improvement of clinical services through the Network for Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx). In 2007, the CODA administration created a separate research division within its organization believing that treatment driven by real time data is critical to optimal patient outcomes. CODA Research is one of three recipients of the SAMHSA 2012 Science and Service Award.

Today CODA offers 15 programs in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties.