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:


​Legislative Community Partner​ Calls

All times are subject to change; for more information, please contact Roberto Gutierrez.

When: Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m.

Upcoming dates for 2022

  • February 17: Join by Zoom or call 669-254-5252; Meeting ID: 161 747 3378; Passcode: 469496
  • March 3: Join by Zoom or call 669-254-5252; Meeting ID: 160 788 1816; Passcode: 391602 


  • Live captioning and American Sign Language interpretation will be provided.
  • To make an accessibility request, or for questions about accessibility, please send an email to APD.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us.

When: Every Wednesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m.

Upcoming dates for 2022: February 9, February 16, February 23...

Join by Zoom or call 669-254-5252; Meeting ID: 160 097 5717; Passcode: 836031


  • For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact ODDS at 503-945-5811 or email DD.DirectorsOffice@dhsoha.state.or.us​
  • Requests should be made at least three business days prior to the event. 
  • American Sign Language interpretation, Spanish interpretation and Communication Access Real Time (CART) captioning will be provided. 

When: Every second Thursday of the month from 2 to 3 p.m.

Upcoming dates for 2022: February 10, March 10, April 14...

Join by Zoom or call 669-254-5252; Meeting ID: 160 701 0879; Passcode: 121624​

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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

Max Bernstein
Senior Legislative Policy Analyst
Supporting SSP, OEMS, Tribal Affairs, GAO and Central/Shared Services

Lindsay Maben
Legislative Assistant

Kristin Strommer
Communications Strategist

Choua Vue
Senior Legislative Policy Analyst
Supporting APD and CW

Open position/in recruitment
Senior Legislative Policy Analyst
Supporting ODDS and VR
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