Mental Health and Addiction Services works with treatment providers and community agencies to help individuals and families in Multnomah County achieve and maintain recovery.
System of Care
Addiction Services works not only to treat alcohol, drug and gambling addictions, but to prevent them before they start. According to data from the state's Addictions and Mental Health Division, one in every 16 adults older than 25 needs addiction treatment, and one in every 15 youth needs treatment for alcohol abuse. A recent survey found that 47,000 Oregonians were problem gamblers.
Addiction Services is responsible for planning local alcohol and drug services that the community service system delivers. The unit oversees and coordinates contracted services and works with other county departments--in particular Community Justice--on collaborative efforts.
Addiction Services provided outpatient or residential treatment to 11,400 people (including some duplicates) in 2006. In addition, there are 14,000 admissions to sobering and detoxification services every year.