Posted July 19, 2022
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Washington County Behavioral Health is making considerable progress in their development of a comprehensive substance use treatment center. The county has selected an intensive services provider as well as an architectural firm to design and renovate both buildings that will be used for the Center for Addictions Triage and Treatment (CATT). Additionally, the center is just $2.6 million away from being completely funded after the county received a $5 million grant from CareOregon.
CODA, Inc., one of Oregon’s largest nonprofit substance use treatment programs, will provide intensive services at one of two CATT locations, 17911 NW Evergreen Place in Beaverton. These services include assessment and triage, stabilization, residential treatment, sobering and withdrawal management – also known as detox. More information about these services is available on the CATT website.
“We are confident that CODA can deliver these much needed services to our community in a collaborative and culturally responsive manner,” said CATT Project Manager Kristin Burke. “They have been involved with this project since the beginning and their proposal embraced the cooperative approach we established as a value early on.”
Staff from CODA will join the CATT leadership team to help inform facility and program design.
“CODA is honored to have been selected for the CATT, and we are so impressed with the efforts to ensure it is inclusive, collaborative and grounded in best practices,” CODA Executive Director Alison 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.”
Both CATT locations – one already secured for intensive services in Beaverton, the other for community services in Hillsboro still in progress – will need significant remodeling and reconfiguration. Holst Architecture has been selected to do this work.
“We were impressed by Holst’s experience designing Fora Health’s new treatment center in Portland and their commitment to engaging the surrounding community throughout the design and build process,” Burke said about their selection.
The CATT is estimated to cost $41.3 million to acquire and renovate the two buildings. Capital funds will come from county behavioral health reserves, Measure 110 grant funds, and residential treatment development dollars. After receiving an unexpected grant of $5 million from CareOregon late last month, the county is now just $2.6 million shy of being fully funded.
“We are fortunate to have CareOregon as a partner,” said Burke. “They have been a real leader in supporting the development of new services for our community members.”
“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 need for more substance use treatment programs is enormous. Oregon ranks 48th in the nation for access to care. Some services are not available at all in the county, especially for those who rely on publicly funded treatment. There are currently only 32 residential treatment beds in Washington County for people looking for help. The center will add 44 residential treatment beds to the county’s system of care and an additional 42 beds for sobering, detox and stabilization.
County planners expect the CATT to open with some services by the end of 2024, with the remaining services phased in throughout 2025.
For more information and to sign up for regular project updates, visit www.co.washington.or.us/CATT.
Wendy Gordon, Department Communications Coordinator