BHC Workgroup Meetings:
BHC implementation workgroups began meeting in the summer of 2017. To minimize duplication, existing workgroups or committees are responsible for the BHC implementation deliverables. Meeting dates, agenda and meeting materials are available on the Workgroup pages.
Roles and Responsibilities
Data workgroup is a new workgroup composed of stakehoders with expertise in behavioral health and data. This work group will be responsible for:
- Developing an outcome-focused, person-centered behavioral health measurement framework to assess the impact of integrated services and hold regional collaborations accountable for clinical and cost targets.
- Developing a minimum data set to use consistently across facilities, clinics and providers, which reflects all individuals and populations and their unique outcomes.
Governance and Finance workgroup is a workgroup of the Oregon Health Policy Board. This group is responsible for:
- Developing guidelines for the development of the single-point of shared accountability
- Developing guidelines for approval of single plans of shared accountability
- Identifying the need for OAR (Oregon Administrative Rules) and contract changes
- Recommending a financial incentive structure
Standards of Care and Competencies Workgroup is being facilitated through the Behavioral Health Planner of the Addictions and Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council. This group is responsible for:
- Establishing core competencies
- Recommending minimum standards for care
- Recommending mechanisms for co-management of individuals who require specialty behavioral health care
Workforce Workgroup is being facilitated through the Behavioral Health Planner of the Addictions and Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council. This group will recommend standards for a well-trained behavioral health workforce.
Peer Delivered Services Workgroup is a subcommittee of the Peer Delivered Services (PDS) Core Team. This group is responsible for:
- Developing standards, expectations, and monitoring guidelines for PDS
- Recommending a standardized training model
- Recommending certification for peer supervisors
Health Information Technology Oversight Council is a committee of the Oregon Health Policy Board. This group is responsible for providing advice on how to advance the use of technology to integrate and coordinate care across Oregon and the behavioral health system. BHC issues will be discussed at regularly-scheduled HITOC meetings.
Building a 21st Century Behavioral Health System
Behavioral health touches every Oregonian – children, teens, adults and seniors. While Oregon has made progress related to the behavioral health system, there is still much work to do to integrate behavioral health with the physical and oral health systems in the coordinated care model, and making sure that every Oregonian has access to the services they need.
In 2016 the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) brought together a diverse group of people and organizations called the Behavioral Health Collaborative (BHC). After eight months of work, the BHC published recommendations designed to help Oregonians get the right support at the right time.
To implement the recommendations, OHA created a governance structure and is convening workgroups May - August 2017. The workgroups include people from across Oregon and are supported by OHA staff and subject matter experts. These recommendations will help transform Oregon’s behavioral health system from one that is fragmented and unable to serve everyone in need to one that is integrated and providing better health and better care at a lower cost.
Behavioral Health Mapping Tool
The Behavioral Health in Oregon Mapping Tool is a series of maps used to display various dynamic and interactive information about the behavioral health system in Oregon. This mapping tool is an opportunity to showcase the services that are currently delivered across Oregon. Additionally this mapping tool:
- Provides a comprehensive look at Oregon's behavioral health system including identifying behavioral health service locations in each county, the numbers of Oregonians dealing with behavioral health conditions and the state funding being spent on behavioral health in each county.
- Can be used to identify gaps in Oregon's behavioral health system and help the state and local communities begin to find solutions.
- Provides information to local services for Oregonians looking for help.
You can find out more about the key features of the mapping tool by veiwing the Behavioral Health in Oregon Mapping Tool document.
Behavioral Health Data Maps
Behavioral Health Profiles App
County MH and SUD Services Total App
Medicaid, State & Local Funding App
Oregon Mental Health Service Areas – 30 Minutes App
2015 Behavioral Health Town Hall Meetings
In late 2015, Senator SaraGelser, D-Corvallis, and Oregon Health Authority Director Lynne Saxton traveled the state to hear from adolescents, adults and families who have had difficulties accessing mental health and substance use disorder treatment in Oregon. They heard from approximately 550 consumers and family members over the course of seven town hall meetings across the state.
The "Oregon Health Authority 2015 Behavioral Health Town Hall Report” summarizes the main themes that arose during the town hall meetings.