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Oregon has not previously established specific standards to address timely access to care, nor been explicit in its guidance regarding standards for clinicians. This gap has led to inconsistencies in practice. Developing and implementing minimum standards will provide confidence that all providers consistently use best and emerging practices, resulting in equitable and timely access to services.
The Standards of Care and Competencies workgroup will establish and implement minimum standards of care and competencies for both mental health and substance use in multiple settings and at all levels of services both at the point of contact and the point of entry. Standards will emphasize trauma-informed care practices, person centered planning, culturally appropriate services, focus on prevention, the social determinants of health and other research-based, outcome-driven interventions.
Contact Rusha Grinstead (503-945-6189).
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