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The county selected CODA Inc. to provide services in Beaverton. The center is estimated to partially open in 2024.

COURTESY PHOTO: CODA INC. - A CODA medical provider and a patient.Washington County has finally secured a site in Beaverton, at 17911 N.W. Evergreen Place, to develop its comprehensive addiction treatment center.

County officials selected CODA Inc., one of Oregon's largest nonprofit addiction programs, to provide intensive services at the future Center for Addictions Triage and Treatment, or CATT, in Beaverton. The services will include assessment, stabilization, residential treatment, detox and more.

"We are confident that CODA can deliver these much-needed services to our community in a collaborative and culturally responsive manner," said Kristin Burke, CATT project manager. "They have been involved with this project since the beginning, and their proposal embraced the cooperative approach we established as a value early on."

CODA staff will join the CATT leadership team to help inform the development of the facility and the program.

In a statement, CODA executive director Alison Noice said the organization is honored to have been selected for the center.

"We are so impressed with the efforts to ensure it is inclusive, collaborative and grounded in best practices," Noice said. "Bringing these critical services to Washington County means we will be one step closer to our vision of having 'no wrong door' for those who are considering recovery."

Next steps include securing a second location in Hillsboro for "community services," which would include outpatient behavioral health treatment, crisis services and housing assistance. Both locations will also need to be remodeled and reconfigured, and the county selected Holst Architecture for the job.

Burke said the county was impressed with Holst Architecture's experience designing Fora Health's new treatment center in Portland.

The county estimates it will cost $41.3 million to buy and renovate both CATT locations, including the newly selected site in Beaverton. That money will come from county behavioral health reserves, Measure 110 grant funds and other residential treatment development funds.

The county also received a grant of $5 million from Care Oregon in June, which brought the county just $2.6 million short shy of its funding goal.

"Every day we see the impact of untreated substance use disorders in our community," said Jill Archer, vice president of behavioral health at CareOregon. "That's why being part of this collaboration with Washington County is so important to us. Having been at the table since the outset of conversations about the CATT, we are proud that this $5 million investment will help Washington County close the funding gap so they can move the CATT forward." The project will help people in Washington County access recovery services that currently aren't available, especially for people who rely on publicly funded treatment, a press release said.

Overall, Oregon ranks 48th in the country for access to substance use disorder services, according to a 2019 study by the Mental Health and Addictions Certification Board of Oregon.

Currently, there are only 32 residential treatment beds in Washington County. The new center will add 44 — plus an additional 42 beds for sobering, detox and stabilization.

The county expects the CATT to open by the end of 2024 with some services, with the rest phased in during 2025.

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