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House Bill 4071 (2022) and House Bill 2949 (2021) direct the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to increase the recruitment and retention of behavioral health providers who:
To do this, OHA created the Behavioral Health Workforce Initiative. The initiative's funding includes:
OHA has awarded more than 40 grants to individuals and behavioral health programs.
OHA has awarded five grants for higher education and community-based programs to offer scholarship opportunities to underserved students pursuing an education in behavioral health.
OHA has awarded 8 grants for programs to provide tuition assistance and stipends for graduate-level students and professionals.
OHA's Student Loan Repayment Program has awarded over 250 individuals repayment funds for the culturally specific and equity-driven work they provide people in Oregon.
OHA's Workforce Bonus and Housing Stipend Incentive Program has awarded 20 grants for organizations to provide bonuses and housing stipends for staff serving rural and culturally specific populations across Oregon.
OHA has partnered with Oregon's community mental health programs to increase and support the recruitment and retention of behavioral health providers.
OHA has also awarded funds for culturally responsive programs to provide training, professional development, and recruitment/retention bonuses for the peer workforce.
OHA has granted funding to Oregon's Board of Licensed Social Workers (BLSW) and the Mental Health and Addiction Certification Board of Oregon (MHACBO) to cover licensing and renewal fees for licensed and certified providers in Oregon.
OHA has partnered with the Nine Federally Recognized Tribes of Oregon to increase behavioral health services to American Indians and Alaskan Natives living in Oregon.
Get updates about the initiative by text or email
Learn about OHA's new workgroup to study barriers to behavioral health workforce recruitment and retention
Fee waiver programs:
Questions and Answers: Waiver Programs for Oregon Social Worker Exams and Licensing Fees
Clinical Supervision Grant Round 3: RFGA 5676 Awardee Kickoff 2
Behavioral Health Workforce Report (2/1/2022)
Oregon's Health Care Workforce (February 2021 needs assessment)
House Bill 2949 (2021)
House Bill 4071 (2022)
Oregon Revised Statutes 675.650 through 675.664 (Behavioral Health Care Workforce)
Email the Behavioral Health Workforce Incentive team
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