New Office of Consumer Activities
Last January 2013, the Oregon Consumer Advisory Council (OCAC) selected the creation of an AMH Office of Consumer Activities (OCA), as one of its top priorities to work in collaboration with AMH leadership to improve behavioral health services for the state.
In October 2013, AMH Director Pam Martin, Ph.D., ABPP approved funding for OCA and two full-time positions opening for recruitment in April. The office will be up and running by June 2014. She also asked for OCACs input for position descriptions, focus and direction of the OCA.
The OCA is being created to address many issues important to individuals who receive behavioral health services, such as:
Among these issues are:
- Providing a designated, consumer voice within AMH;
- Providing technical assistance for peer-run programs;
- Developing a statewide network of consumer operated service programs (COSPs) to facilitate the sharing of mutual support and best practices.
For more information and additional questions, email Residential Programs and Services Manager, Darcy Strahan at email@example.com or call 503-945-9722. Or email Peer Delivered Services Coordinator Shawn Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-945-9720.