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Pharmacy and Therapeutics - Mental Health Clinical Advisory Group

Mental Health Clinical Advisory Group (MHCAG)

Mandated by House Bill 2300 (2017) and Senate Bill 138 (2019), the Mental Health Clinical Advisory Group serves an important dual advisory role to the Oregon Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee and to the Oregon Health Authority.
The Advisory Group’s legislative mandate is to provide recommendations to include:
  • Implementation of evidence-based algorithms
  • Any changes needed to any preferred drug list used by the authority
  • Practice guidelines for the treatment of mental health disorders with mental health drugs
The initial commitment is for three years, with a legislatively mandated meeting frequency of no less than every other month. Regular meetings are currently scheduled during odd-numbered months. Appointed members will be reimbursed travel expenses incurred in the performance of the member’s official duties according to current policy.

Current Vacancies

OHA is currently accepting applications. Individuals interested in serving on this committee should complete the application materials and submit them to

Next Meetings

Future Meetings


Adopted bylaws

Current appointments

Meetings archive 

MHCAG Care Guides

Schizophrenia Care Guide
Schizophrenia Care Guide Errata (updated 4-19-2019)


Antipsychotic-related side effects
Management of side effects
Bipolar disorder
A quick look at bipolar disorder
Acute bipolar depression algorithm
Acute bipolar mania algorithm
Bipolar disorder clinical practice pearls for treating special populations and people with co-occurring disorders
Bipolar disorder diagnostic criteria
Breakthrough symptoms and bipolar disorder
Differential diagnosis and bipolar disorder
Side effect profiles for medications used to treat bipolar disorder
Using Mood Disorder Screeners

Major depressive disorder

Comparing antidepressant monotherapies based on adverse effects
ECT information for patients and families
Medication Algorithm
Sexual health and anti-depressant medications
Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder
When Depression Treatment Doesn't Work

Cross-diagnostic resources

Assessment and stabilization flow chart
Differentiating Between Mood Cycling Conditions
Education for Patients: Long Acting Medications (LAMs)
Oregon Psychiatric Access Line information
Psychosocial assessment and intervention flow chart
Resources for patients, families and natural supports
Suicide prevention

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