Section 16 of House Bill 2086 (2021) called for the Oregon Health Policy Board to establish the Behavioral Health Committee. The committee’s purpose is to direct the work of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to:
- Increase the quality of behavioral health services and
- Transform Oregon’s behavioral health system through improved outcomes, metrics, and incentives.
Supported by OHA staff, the committee is led by community members with lived experience. Committee members use their expertise to advance the transformation of Oregon’s behavioral health care system. Their perspective will allow a thoughtful review of how the system is functioning and help identify needed system improvements.
The committee will work toward OHA’s goal of achieving health equity by 2030 and use a health equity lens in all its work. Health equity will be reached when all people can reach their full health potential and well-being and are not disadvantaged by their race, ethnicity, language, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, intersections among these communities or identities, or other socially determined circumstances. Achieving health equity requires the ongoing collaboration of all regions and sectors of the state, including Tribal governments, to address the equitable distribution or redistribution of resources and power. This work includes recognizing, reconciling, and rectifying historical and contemporary injustices.
The committee will meet every other week from 10 a.m. to noon until further notice. All meetings are held virtually and can be accessed using the link below. OHA will post each meeting's agenda prior to the meeting and post minutes as soon as possible after each meeting.
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Join by phone: 669-254-5252 (San Jose)
- Meeting ID: 160 371 2310
- Passcode: 766270