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System of Care Advisory Council

Overview

System of Care is a philosophy based on cross system collaboration that supports youth and families who have complex and significant mental health needs. The goal is to create an array of services and supports that that are youth and family driven, community-based, and culturally and linguistically responsive.

The System of Care Advisory Council provides oversight of children’s mental health system planning and System of Care implementation in Oregon.

Learn more about Oregon's System of Care

Senate Bill 1 (2019) established the Governor's System of Care Advisory Council, which is staffed by the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services.

The council will act as a central, impartial forum for statewide policy development, funding strategy recommendations and planning, with the goal of improving the effectiveness and efficacy of child-serving state agencies and the continuum of care that provides services to youth (ages 0-25).


​To provide meaningful representation, council membership includes:

  • Individuals from Oregon's child-serving systems who have the authority to control resources and set policy within those systems, and 
  • Youth and family representatives with lived experience in Oregon's child-serving systems.

Section 2 of Senate Bill 1 (2019)​ defines the council's membership requirements.​

Statewide System of Care Steering Committee: A cross-system group of statewide system representatives designated to address policy, funding, and unresolved local barriers that exceed local resolution.

Statewide System of Care Advisory Council: This Governor-appointed council will:

  • Develop and maintain a state System of Care policy and comprehensive, long-range plan for coordinated system of care. 
  • Create and update a plan biennially and submit plan to interim committee of Legislative Assembly and Governor.
  • Develop annual reports, recommend legislation and make recommendations to Directors of the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Youth Authority, Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Department of Human Services regarding Systems of Care. 
  • Award grants to support local system of care governance and carry out recommendations in council's long-range plan for coordinated System of Care
  • Oversee and continually monitor the children's System of Care data dashboard.

Council recommendations can be found on the System of Care Reports and Recommendations page.​

Local Systems of Care exist across Oregon. Each of Oregon's coordinated care organizations convenes these groups to resolve barriers experienced by youth and their families:

  • Practice Level Workgroup: Filters and analyzes barriers submitted from professionals and consumers. Addresses practice barriers and refers system barriers to Advisory. 
  • Advisory/Steering Committee: Advises policy development, financing implementation, reviews fidelity, and outcomes, and addresses system barriers submitted by the Practice group.
  • Executive Council: Develops and approves policies, shared decision-making regarding funding and resource development, and identifies unmet needs in the community to expand the service array.

More details about these areas can be found at https://oregonsoc.org.​

Information about each area's reported barriers and priorities can be found on the System of Care Reports and Recommendations page.

Council Meetings

This page lists meeting information for the full council and the following committees:

  • Executive Committee
  • Data Committee
  • Diversity Equity Inclusion Youth and Family (DEIFY) Committee
  • Grants and Finance Committee
  • Legislation and Communication Committee.

To view older meetings, see the council's meeting archive.

Next meeting

Recent meetings




Learn more

Visit the System of Care Reports and Recommendations page for:

  • Council reports and recommendations
  • Local System of Care barriers escalated for state response
  • All local System of Care barriers and priorities

Council documents

  
Council Bylaws
Stipend Form
System of Care Advisory Council Membership
Travel Claim Form

Council staff

Page Info

Hilary Harrison
System of Care Policy Coordinator
503-209-1949

she/her/hers​

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