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2020-2024 SHIP Priority: Behavioral Health 2020-2024 Oregon

Behavioral Health

Behavioral health includes mental health and substance use. Oregon has one of the highest rates of mental illness in the country. Tobacco and substance use are the first and third leading causes of death, respectively, in Oregon. Mental distress can lead to lower quality of life, unemployment and increased rates of suicide. Use of alcohol, opioids, methamphetamine and other substances have a significant impact on many families.

To begin to address these issues: “Behavioral Health” has been defined as one of five priorities in the 2020-2024 SHIP. Each priority will be addressed by a subcommittee that will use their experience, expertise, and capacity to create a SHIP that identifies evidence based and innovative strategies for policy, system and environmental changes. Members were recruited based on learned or lived understanding of the topic area, genuine interest in the success of the SHIP, and ability to actively participate in the SHIP process.


Meetings occur on the third Wednesday monthly, at the Portland State Office Building. Meeting agenda, materials and call-in information is typically available 1 week prior to each meeting. Previous meeting minutes are generally posted within 30 days of meeting date. (*) next to a meeting date indicates that the meeting date is outside of the usual recurring schedule.



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