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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.​


2023 Legislative Session

During the next regular session, ODHS will continue to focus on bringing our Building Well-being Together initiative to life. The initiative, which forms the basis of our 2023-25 Agency Request Budget (ARB), is guided by our Equity North Star and rooted in the vision that all who live in Oregon – regardless of race, identity, age, disability or place – have the needed supports to achieve whole well-being for ourselves, our families and our communities. To ensure we can make strides toward Building Well-being Together across the lifespan, the ARB proposes state investment in three key areas: 

  1. Strengthening ODHS foundations
  2. Preparing for and responding t​o emergencies
  3. Creating the future of human services in Oregon

Watch the Building Well-being Together video to learn more.​

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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@dhsoha.state.or.us​

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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 Central/Shared Services and the Oregon Eligibility Partnership

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 Self-Sufficiency Programs 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