About ODHS

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What W​​​​e Do

Oregon Department of Human Services' (ODHS) Government Relations Unit guides the agency's participation in state and federal legislative efforts to advance the ODHS mission and values for the benefit of all people in Oregon.​


2022 Legislative Session

ODHS was focused on three agency-wide priorities during the regular 2022 session:

  1. Strengthening the foundations of human services
  2. Responding t​o emergencies and disasters
  3. Creating the future of human services in Oregon

Learn more about the agency's priorities and s​tate budget requests.​

Read the fact sheets on our key legislative requests:

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​Legislative Community Partner​ Calls

The call schedule for the 2023 legislative session will be posted toward the end of 2022. For more information, please contact Roberto Gutierrez.



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Contact Us

Government Relations Legislative Unit
500 Summer St. NE, E-62
Salem, OR 97303


Roberto A. Gutierrez
Government Relations Unit Manager
roberto.gutierrez@dhsoha.state.or.us​
971-317-1265

Max Bernstein
Senior Legislative Policy Analyst
Supporting Self-Sufficiency Programs and Central/Shared Services

Lindsay Maben
Legislative Assistant

Yostina Meikhail
Senior Legislative Policy Analyst
Supporting Child Welfare
503-951-3036 (texting preferred)

Margie Salazar
Senior Legislative Policy Analyst
Supporting Vocational Rehabilitation​ and the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Advancement​

Kristin Strommer
Government Relations Communications Strategist
kristin.a.​strommer@dhsoha.stat​e.or.us
971-372-0761

Justin Withem
Senior Legislative Policy Analyst
Supporting Aging and People with Disabilities and the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services