By Taxpayers Association of Oregon Foundation
A Portland-based drug treatment and recovery program obtained $917,300 in grants under Measure 110 to expand virtual medication assisted therapy and peer support services to eight rural Oregon counties, according to the Portland Business Journal. Boulder Care applied to serve all 36 Oregon counties but received approval to work in only Columbia, Deschutes, Wheeler, Gilliam, Grant, Wallowa, Sherman and Douglas. The company, founded in 2017 by CEO Stephanie Strong, works with care providers and commercial plans as well as individual employers to provide treatment services, including prescriptions for buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder. The company with 140 employees has served 3,000 patients in the past five years. Most of the nearly $300 million in Measure 110 grants went to brick-and-mortar programs, but Boulder says the virtual option provides help to those who face barriers to obtaining treatment.
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