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Learn More About Peer-Delivered Services 

​The Traditional Health Worker website ​provides information for health systems and providers about how to integrate Peer Support Specialist (PSS) and Peer Wellness Specialist (PWS) services into their practices and programs. Resources include:

  • A Traditional Health Worker Toolkit that describes PSS and PWS scopes of practice
  • Recommendations for coordinated care organizations
  • Best practices
  • Recommendations and inventories of current payment models​

​This webinar series:

  • Promotes peer-to-peer learning and networking opportunities, 
  • Discusses strategies to better integrate THWs into Oregon's health care system, and
  • Discusses how THWs can address social determinants of health.

This series is intended for coordinated care organizations, health system providers, Traditional Health Workers (including PSS and PWS), private payers, community-based organizations, culturally specific organizations and key stakeholders.

Learn more on the Traditional Health Worker website​.

OHA's fact sheet for behavioral health organizations and primary care clinics explains how these groups can engage Peer Support Specialists (PSS) and Peer Wellness Specialists (PWS) to serve Oregon Health Plan members.

Sections 20 and 21 of Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 414.025 define Peer Support Specialist and Peer Wellness Specialist. 

ORS 414.665 defines Peer Support Specialists and Peer Wellness Specialists as a type of Traditional Health Worker (THW).

The THW Oregon Administrative Rules (Chapter 410 Division 180) list the requirements for training, certification and enrollment of THWs.​

For information about THW legislation, visit the THW website​.

​The commission advises OHA on how to:

  • Integrate Traditional Health Workers into Oregon's health care system.  
  • Ensure the program is responsive to consumer and community health needs.
  • Ensure the program delivers high-quality and culturally competent care. 

Ten of the commission's members must be Traditional Health Workers. 

To learn more, visit the Traditional Health Worker website​.

Links

Find Peer-Delivered Services Providers

Find certified providers on OHA's Traditional Health Worker registry.

Office of Consumer Activities

The office serves as a conduit for peers to help shape behavioral health policy and service delivery.

Traditional Health Worker Website

OHA's Office of Equity and Inclusion maintains most resources related to certification, training, education and promotion of Traditional Health Workers in Oregon.