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Coderre will return to Washington as SAMHSA adviser

July 28, 2014
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Tom Coderre, whose story of recovery and redemption propelled him into becoming one of the nation's most prominent young recovery advocates, is leaving his post as chief of staff to the president of the Rhode Island State Senate for an advisory role with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Coderre will serve as a senior adviser at SAMHSA, bringing to the position more than a decade of experience in recovery advocacy work that included a post as national field director at Faces and Voices of Recovery in the mid-to-late 2000s.

Coderre left that national advocacy role to return to the political arena in his home state, where he had been elected as a state legislator at age 25 but had his career derailed by cocaine addiction.

During his work as chief of staff at the state Senate, he remained heavily involved in advocacy efforts, including as board chair at the organization Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts (RICARES).

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