Tom Coderre comes to SAMHSA Region I after serving as the Senior Advisor to the Governor of Rhode Island, where he has played an integral role in leading efforts to combat the state’s opioid crisis. Mr. Coderre previously served as the Chief of Staff at SAMHSA. He led the team that produced “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health,” the first report from a U.S. Surgeon General dedicated to this public health crisis. He is the former National Field Director of Faces & Voices of Recovery and appeared in the documentary film, “The Anonymous People.” He also 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 has been recognized on numerous occasions for his dedication and advocacy efforts. Tom is a graduate of both the Community College of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College.