Oregon pot income allocations ‘transformed entire systems’

Hands Across the Bridge is held annually in September

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Every September for the past 21 years, people have lined the Interstate Bridge holding hands and reciting the prayer of serenity. It’s a great gesture to promote a simple message.

“Recovery is possible for every person, every family, and every community,” said Erica Gregson of 4D Recovery.

September is National Recovery Month and is used to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices.

LaKeesha Dumas, Consumer Engagement Coordinator for Multnomah County Mental Health and Addiction Services, was among the crowd on the bridge. She said she was a homeless crack addict, but had been clean and sober for 10 years. She is now giving back to the community as part of an oversight and accountability board created after Oregon voters approved Measure 110 in 2020.

LaKeesha Dumas, Consumer Engagement Coordinator for Multnomah County Mental Health and Addictions Services, September 5, 2022 (KOIN)

This board is responsible for deciding which treatment and recovery centers receive funding from Oregon‘s marijuana tax fund. She acknowledged that the brand new process – which will allocate around $300 million – has been slow.

“It had never been done like this before, so it took a little longer,” she told KOIN 6 News. “But we managed to transform a whole system.”

These allocations were eventually made, giving 41 behavioral health resource networks in Multnomah County $59 million. 4D Recoverywhich serves 18-35 year olds, also made the cut.

Measuring 110 behavioral health grant recipients in 2022

“Meeting people my age in recovery has changed my life,” said Elton Frice. “My first experience of recovery was going to a meeting and seeing a lot of old people and I didn’t feel like I could connect. And so meeting other people my age changed my life completely. .

4D Recovery also serves residents of Washington and Clackamas counties.

Behavioral Health Resource Networks in Clackamas County received $14.5 million, while those in Washington County received just under $21 million.

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