WASHINGTON, DC— Altarum Institute has appointed Tom Coderre, a leader in the field of addiction recovery, to senior advisor to its Behavioral Health Technical Assistance Center. In this role, he will oversee the work of the Center to ensure best practice approaches for recovery and will support the behavioral health technical assistance team with its work in substance use disorder recovery and mental health programs and services.
“Altarum is committed to helping people find and sustain their recovery for the long term,” said Coderre. “I am joining this team at a time when we are losing 144 people every day to drug overdoses, which is now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. I think a lot of people feel that more treatment is the answer, but I believe we cannot treat our way out of this—we have to both go upstream as well as make sure people have recovery supports post-treatment to address this problem effectively. What impresses me about Altarum is they are doing just that.”
Appointed in 2014 by President Obama, Coderre most recently served as chief of staff and senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). While at SAMHSA, Tom led the team which produced “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health,” the first report from a U.S. Surgeon General dedicated to this public health crisis. He is the former national field director of Faces & Voices of Recovery and has an extensive background in government, serving as a member of the Rhode Island Senate from 1995-2003 and as chief of staff to the Senate President from 2009-2014.
“We are at an important juncture in the behavioral health system and its response to the opioid epidemic,” said Lincoln Smith, president and CEO of Altarum. “We cannot continue to do business as usual. Altarum recognizes the importance of and need for more recovery services in all communities. Tom Coderre’s national leadership and deep expertise will add great value to the states we assist in solving this health crisis.”
Altarum will host a Facebook Live Q&A with Tom Coderre on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Coderre will share his perspective on key issues, including the opioid crisis, federal funding, and ways to build support for long-term recovery programs. To register for the free event, please click here.