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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:
This webinar series:
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.
You can also find more resources on the Traditional Health Worker website.
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).
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:
Ten of the commission's members must be Traditional Health Workers.
The office serves as a conduit for peers to help shape behavioral health policy and service delivery.
OHA's Equity and Inclusion Division maintains most resources related to certification, training, education and promotion of Traditional Health Workers in Oregon.
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