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Wellness & Behavioral Services of Central Oregon (WEBCO)

Serves Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties

Service Area

Our Young Adult Hub services Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties, with a focus on the Prineville, Bend, and Madras communities. Additional efforts will be made to reach out to smaller rural communities through a “hub and spoke” approach to create greater potential for engagement.

Services

The Young Adult Hub team will be a core team focused on and invested in serving young adult members, with EASA, ACT and Wraparound as complimentary but distinct services. The focus will be on developing service tracks that range from preventative to acute, and will use a three-point model for young adult engagement:

  1. Open Access Model (traditional entry) where program locations will be distinct and separate from adult service program locations.

  2. Engagement Model (outreach) with similar principles to the existing EASA model where outreach plans include developmentally appropriate approaches. Outreach protocols will consider the impacts of stigma and stigmatizing mental health engagement and treatment approaches that might reduce engagement and increase youth alienation from needed services.

  3. Transition Model (step down and integration) will be coordinated with applicable adjunct programs serving both children and adults to facilitate smoother transitions and improved integration of services and supports across both adolescent and adult systems.

Lastly, the role of Peer Delivered Services will be critical in ensuring a healthy and engaging navigation of this system.

Community Partners

Locally the Young Adult Hub Program (YAHP) will work in continued partnership with DHS and foster care or other placement providers, such as GOBHI, Juvenile Justice, Maple Star, and Central Oregon Veteran Outreach and Rimrock Trails. It will also reach out to statewide resources on the residential and acute inpatient side to better coordinate discharge planning from existing YAT, adult foster programs or the OSH system.

  • Collaboration and guidance from regional advocacy organizations such as OFSN, Youth Move Oregon, Oregon Foster Youth Connection, and NAMI Young Adult Project.

  • Collaboration and education with law enforcement (CIT training).

  • Collaboration and referral process with regional crisis response system.

  • Enhanced relationship with primary medical providers and ER.

Capacity

The YAHP expects to maintain 44 actively enrolled clients serving up to 90 individuals with Deschutes having 30 slots and Crook and Jefferson each having 7. As YAHP will be an adjunct service aligned with the region’s EASA program, we project the total number served to reflect the amount of young adults not meeting screening criteria for EASA. Additionally we have identified approximately Wraparound clients ages 14 and over who would qualify for services between January 1, 2013 through today or who are appropriate for Wrap services alone. When combined with those stepping down from acute or residential care, or being unable or unwilling to access adult care services, we feel the need will still exceed capacity.

Young Adult Hub Program Goals:

  • Community Education and Psycho Education targeted at young adults and guided by young adults.

  • Employing illness management and recovery techniques and philosophies in all areas traditionally seen through a disease management model.

  • Research shows the propensity for stigma to be a major contributor to problems with chronicity, access and unnecessary multi-systemic dependency. YAHP practices will include interventions that facilitate youth development with a non-stigmatized focus.

  • Integrated holistic care, i.e. medical and behavioral health, street yoga, alternative medicine (acupuncture), spiritual/faith-based healing.

  • Ensuring that family and caregiver perspectives are heard when planning engagement, striving to provide options and choices reflecting that person’s values and preferences.

  • Treatment Planning and Service provision to occur in client’s preferred environment with flexibility to meeting client “where they are."

  • Focus on recovery and relapse prevention with clear transition plans and identified supports.

  • Timely initial contact with referral or outreach, given the highly transient nature of this population.

  • Identifying barriers that impede progress such as outreach to schools, daycares, transportation faith based organizations employers, etc.

  • Ensuring that family and caregiver perspectives are heard when planning engagement, striving to provide options and choices reflecting that person’s values and preferences.

  • Treatment Planning and Service provision to occur in client’s preferred environment with flexibility to meeting client “where they are."

  • Engaging young people through relationship development, person-centered planning, and a focus on their futures.

  • Tailoring services and supports to be accessible, coordinated, developmentally-appropriate, and to build on strengths that enable young people to pursue their goals across all transition domains.

  • Use of technology to reduce geographic barriers and youth-centric communications (text, online) as appropriate.

  • Outreach and engagement presentation to community resources (faith communities, colleges, school districts, private practitioners, medical providers, etc.).

  • Increasing family awareness of symptomology to reduce stressors which exacerbate condition.

  • Community awareness through PSA’s and de-stigmatization campaign.

Contact Info

Damien Sands, MPA 
Phone: (541) 362-6863 
damien.sands@webcohub.org 

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