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About ODHS

We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive

The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) is Oregon's principal agency for helping Oregonians achieve well-being and independence. We provide direct services to more than 1 million Oregonians each year. These services are a key safety net for people in diverse communities across Oregon. 

Read about our commitment to equity and our vision for the future of human services through our Building Well-being Together initiative.

Our programs

Our vision, mission and goals

Vision: Safety, health and independence for all Oregonians.

Mission: To help Oregonians in their own communities achieve well-being and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity.


  • People are safe and living as independently as possible.
  • People are able to support themselves and their families through stable living wage employment.
  • Children and youth are safe, well and connected to their families, communities and cultural identities
  • Choices made by seniors and people with disabilities about their own lives are honored.
  • Partners, clients and community members are actively engaged in a variety of collaborative and meaningful ways.
  • Culturally specific and responsive services are provided by highly qualified and diverse staff.
  • The department is committed to equal access, service excellence and equity for all Oregonians.