Who We Are
In 2007, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved coverage for the provision of peers support services and directed Oregon to define the training and certification requirements. AMH, now HSD, with the support of providers, stakeholders and the public decided to approve PDS training programs.
Peer Support Specialist are defined as Traditional Health Care workers according to OAR 410-180.
The Health Systems Division (HSD) recognizes the value of peer-delivered services (PDS) in transforming a behavioral health system of care based on recovery. HSD works with consumers, survivors and stakeholders to develop strategies to increase the use and availability of peer-delivered services.
Peer Delivered Services (PDS) and Programs in Oregon
Oregon's peer network works to influence health policy and improve enrollment and use of peers in expanded insurance options and integrated healthcare programs. It also promotes the development of Peer Wellness Specialist (PWS) training programs and certified PWSs representing Oregon's diverse population including those with military experience and young adults.