About Us

Mission & Vision

CODA: Building health and recovery through compassionate, evidence-based care.

Our mission is to treat people whose health and quality of life are compromised by alcohol, drugs and mental health challenges. We do so through patient-centered care, partnerships with other healthcare providers and community partners, and through advocacy for effective public policy.

CODA envisions communities in which substance abuse and mental health conditions are recognized as public health issues that are preventable and treatable.

We envision a society in which people with histories of substance abuse and mental health conditions, people at risk for these conditions, and people in recovery are valued and treated with dignity and respect. We envision a society in which stigma, prejudices, discrimination and other barriers  to recovery are eliminated.

We envision a society in which effective prevention efforts and quality treatment are widely available to the communities and individuals who need them.

See our “What We Do” page for more details.

Our History

CODA is the oldest opioid addiction treatment program in Oregon. The agency was established in 1969 as part of a state effort to provide methadone to clients in need of treatment who could benefit from this medicine. CODA became an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit in 1979.

Between 1986 and 2007, we added transitional housing, outpatient, residential, withdrawal management (detoxification), recovery centers in Gresham and Tigard; Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) services, and mental health services.

Also during that time we added residential programs serving adults with severe and persistent mental illness and clients under jurisdiction of the Psychiatric Security Review Board.

In 2007, we offered our first Stepping Stones transitional housing for women in recovery being reunited with children who had been in foster care. In 2011-12, the two existing Stepping Stones transitional houses were built in Aloha.

In 2008, CODA was asked to assume oversight and administration of multiple alcohol and drug programs in Washington County, including drug court, community corrections, DUII and outpatient treatment.

Since 1999, CODA has collaborated with Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Dartmouth College, University of Pittsburgh, University of Washington, Virginia Commonwealth University, Kaiser Permanente, and other institutions on research funded by National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and other foundations and agencies. CODA was one of the original members of the Robert Wood Johnson grant for improvement of clinical services through the Network for Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx). In 2007, the CODA administration created a separate research division within its organization believing that treatment driven by real time data is critical to optimal patient outcomes. CODA Research is one of three recipients of the SAMHSA 2012 Science and Service Award.

Today CODA offers 15 programs in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties.