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System of Care Advisory Council


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. The Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Human Services staff the council.

The council will act as a central, impartial forum for statewide policy development, funding strategy recommendations and planning. The council's goal is to improve 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. The committee is 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. To resolve barriers experienced by youth and their families, each of Oregon's coordinated care organizations convenes these groups:
  • 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.

Learn more about Oregon's local Systems of Care​.​

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

System of Care Learning Collaborative: 
Every 2nd Tuesday from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Oregon Family Support Network, Youth ERA and OHA representatives facilitate this learning collaborative. Anyone involved in System of Care work is welcome! Please share widely with the system partners in your community, youth, and family members. 

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 971-277-2343,,880399863#   United States, Portland

Phone Conference ID: 880 399 863#

Please contact Nat Jacobs with any questions:

​Previous Learning Collaboratives: 


Membership Vacancies

The System of Care Advisory Council is looking for 2 new members to contribute youth and family voice to the 25 person Council. The Council meets monthly, has other committees and workgroups and involves a time commitment of at least 5-6 hours per month.

The seats that are open are designated for:

  • A member of the public who is a family member of a child with intellectual or developmental disabilities or mental illness.
  • A member of the public who is no more than 25 years of age and who is currently, or was previously, in foster care or is / was a youth offender, as those terms are defined in ORS 419A.004

Learn how to apply

For more information contact

Council Meetings

This page lists meeting information for the full council, which meets 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month; and the following committees:

  • Executive Committee: 3 to 4 p.m., meets third Tuesdays
  • Data Committee: 2 to 3 p.m., meets second Tuesdays
  • Diversity Equity Inclusion Youth and Family (DEIFY) Committee: 2 to 3:30 p.m., meets second Fridays
  • Grants and Finance Committee: Meets ad hoc
  • Legislation and Communication Committee: 9 to 10 a.m., meets every two weeks during legislative session (4/14 through 6/30/2021)
  • Strategy: 10:30 a.m. to noon, meets second Fridays
  • State Agency Standing Committee: 3 to 4:30 p.m., meets fourth Wednesdays

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

Next meeting

Recent meetings

System of Care Plan for Oregon

Two-year strategic plan 2022-2023

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

Child and Family Behavioral Health 2019-2021 Investments- Final Report
Council Bylaws
Stipend Form
System of Care Advisory Council Membership
Travel Claim Form

Council staff

Page Info

Hilary Harrison
System of Care Policy Coordinator