Andy Mendenhall, MD joins Central City Concern as senior medical director for Substance Use Disorder Services

(PORTLAND, OR) Andy Mendenhall, MD joins Central City Concern (CCC) as senior medical director for Substance Use Disorder Services on Tuesday, Aug. 15. CCC, a nonprofit organization founded in 1979, provides housing, healthcare and employment in Portland for people experiencing homelessness and poverty. 

"Andy brings a depth of knowledge and experience in the intersection of addiction, pain and mental health issues," says CCC Interim President and CEO Rachel Solotaroff, MD. "He'll be a tremendous asset to our team." Dr. Mendenhall's work will both deepen and expand evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders and co-occurring conditions across CCC's continuum, from withdrawal management to outpatient to residential care. "At a time when our community struggles to combat the opioid epidemic, the increase in other drugs of abuse, and the rise in homelessness, Dr. Mendenhall's work will have a demonstrable impact on our population's health," Dr. Solotaroff adds. 

Dr. Mendenhall is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine. He graduated from the University of Portland, trained as a medical student and family physician at OHSU and worked at Providence Health Systems for five years. In partnership with Dr. Paul Conti he co-founded innovative outpatient integrated treatment program called HealthWorks NW, and continued to work there after it was acquired by Hazelden. 

Most recently, Dr. Mendenhall worked for CleanSlate Center as the regional medical director for a network of 24 substance use disorder practices across Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and several other states. Dr. Mendenhall's is a passionate clinical and community educator and as a 25 year resident of Portland, is excited to be returning home to be of service to our community.

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