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Veterans Behavioral Health


One in four Oregon veterans experience frustration in seeking care for mental health or substance use issues, according to a survey completed by more than 4,000 veterans.

Oregon is committed to helping veterans access the tools and supports they need to thrive.

The Oregon Legislature invested $3.1 million over two biennia toward veterans behavioral health. 

Program contact: Emily Watson


Statewide community forums

Over the next several months, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) are teaming up to solicit input from communities across Oregon regarding veterans behavioral health needs and services.

OHA and ODVA will seek feedback from local veterans, service providers and policymakers across Oregon communities—Rural, urban and frontier—to:

Share the flyer (PDF) View the media guidelines (PDF)

About the study

OHA and ODVA commissioned a needs assessment study to identify challenges and opportunities for reforms. Produced by the Rede Group, this extensive study:

  • Describes the availability of behavioral health services for Oregon veterans;
  • Provides findings regarding barriers veterans face in accessing behavioral health services; and
  • Recommends policy and other changes that may improve the accessibility and quality of behavioral health services for Oregon veterans.

The recommendations include proposed steps to strengthen services and outreach for veterans, including:

  • Reduce stigma about behavioral health issues to help more veterans feel comfortable seeking care.
  • Strengthen suicide prevention programs.
  • Improve care coordination for veterans and tailor services to better address the experiences those who have served in the military have faced.
  • Expand the number of peer specialists who have their own first-hand knowledge of veterans issues and can provide effective support.
  • Recruit more treatment providers to serve veterans.

View the study report (193 pages, PDF)  View the report highlights (PDF) View the study findings (PDF)


Federal Veterans Affairs website - Mental health support services

ODVA website - Veteran services in Oregon

Forum dates

These dates are subject to change as OHA consults with tribal leadership on their engagement preferences.

All forums are free and open to the public, and registration is required.

Sign up for a forum near you


Thursday, Aug. 8 


Tuesday, Aug. 20

Coos Bay

Wednesday, Aug. 28


Thursday, Aug. 29


Wednesday, Sep. 4

Klamath Falls

Wednesday, Sep. 11


Thursday, Sep. 12


Monday, Sep. 16

Tuesday, Sep. 17

Wednesday, Sep. 18

The Dalles

Tuesday, Sep. 24


Thursday, Sep. 26

St. Helens

Monday, Oct. 7


Tuesday, Oct. 8

Baker City

Wednesday, Oct. 9


Thursday, Oct. 10


Wednesday, Oct. 16

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