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Partnerships Transformation Theme Team

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Partners in Transformation

The state Department of Human Services (DHS) relies on a complex network of organizations - local governments, state agencies, contractors and providers - to serve Oregonians. Partners deliver and manage many DHS core services and programs, and the funds DHS sends them for these services represent a significant portion of the agency's budget.


In fact, DHS spends about 82 percent of its total budget in local communities to pay for private-sector providers, mental health specialists, child care and home health care workers, foster parents and other local providers.

One of the five themes of the DHS Transformation Initiative is to engage with partners to improve the quality of services for Oregonians. The Partnerships Transformation Theme Team, composed of DHS leaders and partner representatives, is working to make DHS a more responsive, effective partner and to increase the consistency and quality of services provided by partners across the state.


In the first phase of its work, the Partnerships Transformation Theme Team is focusing on work with Oregon counties that share responsibilities with DHS for delivering human services.