Tom Coderre was recently hired to lead the opioid response, and is the senior advisor to Rhode Island state Governor Gina Raimondo. Tom’s main responsibilities are to coordinate the Administration’s tactics to combat the opioid/addiction crisis, while serving as a liaison to the legislature.
Well known in the addiction recovery community, Tom Coderre has been in long-term recovery since 2003. He was senior advisor to Altarum’s Behavioral Health Technical Assistance Center, where he oversaw the work of the Center to ensure best practice approaches for recovery, and supported the behavioral health technical assistance team with its work in substance use disorder recovery and mental health programs and services.
Prior to joining Altarum, Tom served as chief of staff and senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) from 2014 until January 2017. While at SAMHSA, Tom led the team that produced Facing Addiction in America:The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health. 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. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rhode Island College.