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For this reason, the office serves as a conduit for peers to help shape behavioral health policy and service delivery.
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Recovery is not a dream; it is wholly attainable and is the expected outcome of a system that fully responds to the needs and directives of those it serves. Self-determination is a core element of recovery. When people direct their treatment, they direct a critical part of their lives.
A chief goal of the office is to be a cornerstone for systemic change in reshaping policies and service delivery toward a recovery-oriented system of care. We strive for services to be more welcoming and fully honor each individual’s dignity.
The primary initiatives of the OCA are to:
Honoring the voice of peers, consumers and survivors in mental health and addictions policy will help to provide equal footing in service delivery and consumer choice. The long-term goal of the Office of Consumer Activities is to promote policies and services that:
The Peer Leadership Network (PLN) is made up of peers—individuals in addictions or mental health recovery and the parents of qualifying youth—who have taken on, or aspire to take on, peer leadership roles within peer run programs, on boards or committees, or within addictions or mental health treatment programs. The PLN is composed of regional networks that are joined to establish a statewide peer network.
OHA Office of Consumer Activities 500 Summer Street NE, E-63Salem, OR 97301
Brandy L. Hemsley, Director 971-239-2942
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