House Bill 2417 (2021) directs the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to implement
an improved behavioral health crisis system. The steering committee is the formal, statutorily compliant group that will:
- Implement Oregon's behavioral health crisis system, and
- Refine and move forward the recommendations of the larger Crisis System Advisory Workgroup.
The Crisis System Advisory Workgroup provides the space for people and families with lived experience to:
- Share thoughts and recommendations on the behavioral health crisis system, and
- Ensure that the new system is grounded in equity and centered on the needs of the people who will access it.
The workgroup's conversations and recommendations have been critical to building policies for the behavioral health crisis system and 988. In its work, the steering committee will not start new conversations from scratch, or give new recommendations, about the system.
OHA selected steering committee members who identify as:
- Behavioral health consumers and/or people with lived experience with mental health or addiction related needs. This includes adults, youth and young adults ages 16-25, and parents or caregivers of youth under age 16.
- Members of communities disproportionately affected by health inequities.
- Members of communities who have experienced the inadvertent effects of an inappropriate behavioral health crisis response due to historical and systemic social injustice.
- Individuals and families who have used behavioral health crisis system services.
- Individuals with disabilities, and/or family members/caregivers of individuals with disabilities who may have sought behavioral health crisis services.
For older meetings,
please visit the committee's archive page.