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Davida Coady

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Davida Coady

Founder, Medical Director
Options Recovery Services
substance abuse among the homeless and indigent
treatment services for substance abuse in Oakland and Berkeley
municipal court systems and court-ordered substance abuse treatment
pediatrics and nutrition in developing countries
Third World infectious disease control and health worker training


Dr. Davida Coady is founder, medical director and former executive director of Options Recovery Services, a program for substance abuse treatment that came out of the Berkeley court system. Options Recovery Services provides free comprehensive addiction treatment to court-ordered clients (covered by Proposition 36 since 2001) and outpatient clients who are also homeless, indigent and dually diagnosed. Coady, a physician with extensive experience in developing health programs for poor people in the United States and in the Third World, has worked in a total of 35 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America in the areas of pediatrics, infectious disease control, nutrition and village health worker training. Coady has also worked for the Peace Corps, the World Health Organization, the World Bank, the United Nations High Commission on Refugees and numerous voluntary agencies. Coady has served on the boards of more than 30 organizations and is currently president of the board of the San Carlos Foundation and past president of The Hesperian Foundation (publisher of \"Where there is no Doctor\"). She holds faculty positions at UCLA and UCSF. In 1996, Coady changed medical specialties from pediatrics to substance abuse treatment and started work with clients in the Berkeley court system to develop addiction treatment as an alternative to jail. She was the Berkeley drug coordinator from 1996 until 2002 and now serves in the Oakland courts as executive director of Options Recovery Services.

1931 Center Street
Berkeley  California  94704
United States
Office Phone: 
(510) 666-9552
Office Fax: 
(510) 666-0987


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