The Addictions and Mental Health Services Division (AMH) recognizes the indisputable value of peer-delivered services (PDS) in transforming a behavioral health service delivery system that is based on recovery. AMH will work with consumers/survivors and stakeholders to develop strategies to increase the use and availability of peer-delivered services. See the PDS Charter for details.
Peer Delivered Services (PDS) and Programs in Oregon
Peer Delivered Services and Programs in Oregon (provided by MetricMaps)
Traditional Health Worker's (THW's) Permanent rule changes impacting background changes filed 1/14/2014
Peer Support and Peer Wellness Specialist Certification Requirements, including background checks, are outlined in the Rule.
Application forms for Peer Support and Peer Wellness Specialist Certification will be available in Early February 2014 at the Office of Equity and Inclusion website.
If you would like more information regarding the Non Traditional Health Worker’s Steering Committee, the meetings, rule making process and applications for new Peer Support Specialists or Peer Wellness Specialist Training Programs go to Non-Traditional Health Worker Steering Committee or contact Shawn Clark, Peer Delivered Services Coordinator at 503-945-9720 or email@example.com
For more information
NAMI Family-to-Family Class Now An Evidence-Based Practice - Family-to-Family, a class offered by The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Oregon (NAMI Oregon), has been added to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). More information.
Mental Health America of Oregon Awarded Statewide Consumer Network Grant!
Mental Health America of Oregon received a 3-year Statewide Consumer Network grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration on July 1st, 2013. This project will run from through June 2016 and will continue the work begun in April 2013 with MHAO's Oregon Health Reform Peer Network project funded through the Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS)
This peer network will work to influence health reform policy and maximize enrollment of peers in expanded insurance options and utilization by peers of new integrated healthcare programs. It will also increase the number of Peer Wellness Specialist (PWS) training programs and certified PWSs, and insure including those from diverse populations, in particular those with military experience and young adults.
AMH-Approved Peer-Delivered Services Trainings
In 2007, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved coverage for the provision of peers support services and directed that the State would define the training and certification requirements. AMH with the support of consumer/survivors/providers and peer support specialist/recovery mentors decided to approve PDS training programs.
Application for Peer-Delivered Services Curriculum (Word) (PDF)
A list of approved programs can be found at the following link: http://www.oregon.gov/oha/amh/pages/peer-training.aspx
The list includes summary and contact information of AMH approved PDS training programs for adult mental health, children and families mental health, young adults mental health and addictions and addictions recovery,including problem gambling.
Oregon Peer Support Training Network
Certification and Credentialing Organizations
International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) - The organization is currently developing a Peer Recovery Coach (PRC) credential.
For information, visit http://www.internationalcredentialing.org/
Traditional Health Worker Commission
The Oregon Health Authority’s Traditional Health Worker (THW) Commission will promote the role, engagement and utilization of the traditional health workforce, which includes Community Health Workers, Peer Support and Peer Wellness Specialists, Personal Health Navigators, and Doulas, in Oregon's Integrated and Coordinated Health Care Delivery System. The Commission will advise and make recommendations to the Oregon Health Authority on the development, implementation, and sustainability of this program and ensure the program remains responsive to consumer and community health needs. The Commission will support and foster the utilization of the traditional health workforce as a strategy to assure the delivery of high-quality, culturally competent care and to achieve Oregon’s Triple Aim of better health, better care and lower costs.
Non-Traditional Health Care Worker (NTHW) Steering Committee
The Oregon Health Authority is pleased to announce the launch of the Non-Traditional Health Care Worker Steering (NTHW) Committee, which will develop and implement the Non-Traditional Health Care Worker program. For more information visit the steering committee web page. Feel free to attend the meetings as a public participant. On the NTHW webpage you can E-subscribe to receive email notification of meetings and updates.
Rules and Definitions that Support the Provision of Peer Delivered Services
Frontier Leadership Network
FLN Regional Contact List
- American Indian & Alaska Native Behavioral Health Webinar Series
- Cover Oregon online training
- Each One Teach One Certified Recovery Mentors
- Family Support Group Facilitator Training. April 5-6, 2014. Tualatin, OR.
- Family-to-Family Teacher Training. June 20-22, 2014. Tualatin, OR.
- Family-to-Family Teacher Training. October 10-12, 2014. Tualatin, OR.
- In Our Own Voice Presenter Training. March 15-16, 2014. Clackamas, OR.
- Mental Health First Aid - Offered monthly in Clackamas County. Get more information.
- New and Improved Recovery Peer Mentor Training
- Oregon Addiction and Mental Health Training Calendar
- Peer Employment Specialist Training
Project OPEN, a program of Mental Health America of Oregon, announces an upcoming Oregon AMH approved Peer Employment Specialist training in Portland. Successful graduates of this training will learn how to provide general peer support as well as how to provide support specific to employment and may be certified in Oregon to provide these services.
For more information about this training, see the attached flyer. Or visit the Project OPEN website to submit an application: http://www.peeremployment.com/trainings-events/.
NOTE: This training is filling up quickly, so submit your application soon if you are interested in participating.
Peer Delivered Support Foundations Training. March 10, 2014 - March 14, 2014 Salem Oregon.
Peer Support Specialist Training March 14, 2014 Medford Oregon.
Peer Support Specialist Training 2014 Scholarship Application
Stand Up for Mental Health Oregon, an outreach program that teaches people with mental illness to do stand-up comedy, will be conducting 12 classes starting in February 2014 at Youth MOVE the drop in Milwaukie. Contact NAMI Clackamas for more information or to register.
Jobs and Other Opportunities
- Job Opportunities at Options
Mental Health America of Oregon/Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center is seeking a Deputy Director/Technical Assistance Center Director.
To apply: Please visit http://mhaoforegon.org/careers for complete job description and application instructions. This position closes on Friday, March 21th, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. PST.