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Psychiatric Residential Treatment Services Vision and Work Plan


In March 2020, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) sponsored a strategic visioning session to imagine how Oregon could better support children and youth needing the highest levels of care for psychiatric symptoms. This became the start of building a comprehensive image of a treatment system for children and youth that:

  • Ensures the highest levels of care for youth psychiatric residential treatment, and
  • Improves the work experience for staff and providers.

The session gave participants from different parts of the sector the chance to discuss current issues, identify common themes and create a vision for the future.

Learn more about OHA's 2020 visioning session

Participants recommended three bold steps the state, providers, and individuals can take to begin improving the system. OHA will further define these steps.

  1. Rename, Rerule, Rebrand and Respond 
  2. Braided Funding 
  3. Senate Bill 2 (legislative investments and support for the continuum of care)​

Oregon's vision of youth psychiatric residential treatment services identifies important elements for future success, such as:

  • A unified system of care,
  • Every door leads to the right care, and
  • Seamless whole person care.

​To learn more, view the graphic of Oregon's vision. It summarizes Oregon's March 2020 discussions. You can use it to communicate with and engage others about the vision. 

If you are unable to read the graphic, please see the summary of the March 2020 visioning session​. This includes text descriptions of each element on the graphic.


These meetings will map out the journey toward our future vision.


March 2020 Visioning Session Outcomes


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Chelsea Holcomb
Child and Family Behavioral Health Director​


Shannon Karsten
Intensive Services Coordinator