How Measure 110 funding is implemented in Coos Bay

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Bay Area First Step is just one of five facilities in the county’s Behavioral Health Resource Network that will receive a share of the Measure 110 grant funding. The additional resources allowed them to purchase a building to increase the number of housing they can provide, as well as to operate their facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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In Coos County, five facilities have been approved to be part of the Behavioral Health Resource Network. This means that for places like Bay Area First Step, a peer-run addiction treatment center, they would receive a share of the approximately $4.5 million that is expected to come to the county through Measure 110. This grant should be used for drug addiction. recovery, treatment and other services. For Bay Area First Step, the money will allow them to purchase more homes for those seeking treatment and expand their hours of work so they can provide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Steve Sanden is the executive director of Bay Area First Step. Devin Bailey-Wilson is the lead peer mentor there. They join us in sharing what drug use looks like on the coast and the impact of M110 funding in a community like Coos Bay.

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