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The Oregon Department of Human Services mission is to make it possible for people to lead lives that are independent, healthy and safe. To do this DHS employs approximately 9,800 individuals throughout the state who provide crucial safety net services to persons facing job loss, health problems and other uncertainties. DHS also ensures Oregonians have clean drinking water, safe food and an effective emergency trauma services system.


Most of the services DHS provides are delivered locally through a statewide network of community partners. This helps DHS achieve the unique solutions that best meet the needs of each community and its residents.


You can learn more about the many ways people in your area and throughout Oregon are served by DHS and its partners by viewing the county fact sheets listed below.


Revised: 05/05/2010


The Future of Health and Human Services in Oregon


In 2009, the Oregon State Legislature created the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). The new agency is built from the health-related programs that were part of the Department of Human Services (DHS) as well as health programs from other agencies.


Technical and organizational planning for DHS and OHA to transition into two agencies will continue through June 2011. In July 2011, the transition will be complete and DHS and OHA will be two separate but closely aligned agencies with shared administrative services.


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