The chief of staff for the state senate president will join the Obama Administration as a senior advisor for a federal agency that tries to reduce substance abuse.
Tom Coderre will work on programs and policies that try to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The agency is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Coderre has been active in working on issues involving substance abuse and mental illness for quite some time. He served as board chair for the Rhode Island Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts. He was also the national field director of Faces & Voices of Recovery based in Washington, D.C.
Coderre has served as chief of staff for Teresa Paiva Weed since 2009. He also served in the Rhode Island Senate from 1995 to 2003.