Please Welcome Monica Dechert to the OSECE/OCEACT Teams!

We are so excited to welcome Monica Dechert, a Certified Personal Medicine Coach Trainer, to the OCEACT/OSECE teams! Monica earned a Bachelor of Science degree with major emphasis in psychology from Southern Oregon University.  She worked in community behavioral health services as a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA) for nearly two decades.  Her roles included work as a Crisis Associate with the Psychiatric Crisis Center (PCC) in Salem, a Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) staff member at the Cottages Program in Marion County, a Skills Trainer and Case Manager with Polk County Community Support Services (CSS), and an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Intensive Case Manager and IPS Employment and Education Specialist with Yamhill County Abacus/CSS.  Over the years, Monica has been privileged to learn from several talented, skilled, and knowledgeable colleagues and to witness the resilience and wonderful recovery journeys of individuals.

Monica obtained her Certified Personal Medicine Coach (CPMC) certification in 2022 as part of the second Oregon cohort offered by OCEACT and OSECE in partnership with Pat Deegan and Associates (PDA).  She joined the Oregon Centers of Excellence in January 2024 as a Statewide Trainer/CPMC-T.  She is excited to be part of sharing the innovative, person-centered approach of Personal Medicine with providers to support all individuals in connecting to their own wisdom and inner healers to be well.

Monica enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, singing, working on small creative projects, connecting to nature, and playing video games.  She lives with her spouse, Chris, in Salem.  They share their home with their senior rescue dog, whom they spoil relentlessly with copious belly rubs, walks, treats, car rides, and a selection of comfortable beds to nap on.

New Publication from SAMHSA

Heidi Herinckx, Senior Director of OCEACT and OSECE was invited as a subject matter expert to participate in the creation of this new manual on the implementation and maintenance of Assertive Community Treatment. To access this free manual, click the link below.


Please Welcome Juli Templeton, OCEACT’s ACT Nurse Consultant!

Juli was born and raised in the Great Northwest, which fostered a great appreciation for the outdoors and wellness. She lives in Columbia County with her loving husband, two wonderful kids, two rambunctious dogs, and two cats who believe they are royalty on a small farm.

Juli’s professional journey started out working as a therapeutic and treatment massage therapist for 17 years. Working in holistic medicine cultivated a passion for researching to improve health and wellness through teaching and sharing that knowledge. After caring for a family member recovering from surgery, Juli knew she wanted to be a nurse at a young age. She completed nursing school prerequisites, a high school diploma, and an associate degree simultaneously; however, she started her nursing career ten years after starting a family. Juli has worked as a nurse for the last eight years in management in nursing homes, clinics, wound care, and primarily in mental health on an ACT team. In 2019, she completed her Bachelor’s in Nursing and a unique clinical experience working with children in the orphanages in Peru.

Juli gained experience working with individuals with severe persistent mental illness as an Assertive Community Treatment Registered Nurse in Columbia County for the last four years, promoting wellness through medication management, coordinating the medical system, decreasing withdrawal symptoms, monitoring signs and symptoms of adverse medication reactions, medical and non-medical case management, and promoting autonomy, Tobacco cessation as a Certified Tobacco Specialist, and motivational interviewing.

Juli enjoys spending time with family and friends, being active outdoors, hiking, running, walking the dogs, grounding in nature, Yoga, Jui Jitsu, reading, motivating fitness in others, nutritional eating, gardening, food prepping (canning and storing), and learning.

Juli will be starting in October. We will be outreaching to all ACT nurses to have a meet and greet. OCEACT will now be able to offer individualized nursing consultation to each team!

Free Virtual Training Opportunity! Register for the Re-imagining Behavioral Health: Race, Equity & Social Justice Conference

Sherronda Jamerson has invited us to attend the 4th Annual “Re-imagining Behavioral Health: Race, Equity & Social Justice” Conference.

This conference is a free virtual conference that will will explore the intersectionality of substance use disorders, mental health, and social justice.

The two-half day virtual conference is designed to empower individuals and teams who want to advance health equity and support diversity and inclusion in behavioral health care.  *CEU’s will be available for behavioral health care professionals.

This year’s conference theme is: “Breaking Barriers, Driving Change across Systems”


Thursday, September 28, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (PT)

Friday September 29, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

*The virtual conference platform will be accessible 30 minutes before and after each day’s program. This time will provide an opportunity for all attendees to connect and network with each other.

PLACE: Virtual

COST: The conference is free to attend.

To register, please visit: 


Oregon Zero Suicide Mini-Grant Funding Opportunity

Oregon Zero Suicide Mini-Grant Funding Opportunity: Grant to Support Zero Suicide Implementation and Suicide Safer Care in Priority Communities (Due Aug. 13; see materials attached)

The Association of Community Mental Health Programs (AOCMHP), with funding from the Oregon Health Authority, will provide up to ten 1-year mini-grants, ranging from $15,000 to $35,000 to healthcare organizations or care coordination partners to support one of the following efforts:

1)      Zero Suicide Initiative Implementation Support: Support implementation of the Zero Suicide framework in Oregon health systems to reduce suicide risk for adults 25 and older. Health systems must have established Zero Suicide efforts in place.

2)      Safer Suicide Care Initiatives for Priority Communities: Support population-specific safer suicide care initiatives in Oregon health systems, care coordination partners, care facilities or community-based organizations focused for three priority communities: (1) older adults (65 and older), (2) adults with serious mental illness, and (3) veterans and individuals that have served in the military.

The funding period is August 29, 2023 – August 28, 2024. Mini-grants funds in the total amount of $270,000 are available through OHA Grant #SM083398 from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s Zero Suicide in Health Systems grant.  Priority will be given to proposals that include equity and lived experience considerations to inform project implementation.

Given there are two tracks (Zero Suicide Initiative Implementation Support or Safer Suicide Care Initiatives for Priority Communities), there are separate Request for Proposals for each track. Attached you will also find a budget template and a workplan template. Organizations may use the attached templates or a budget/workplan format of their choosing.

2023 Budget and Budget Narrative Template

Zero Suicide in Health Systems Mini-Grant RFP. Track 1 Zero Suicide Implementation

Zero Suicide in Health Systems Mini-Grant RFP. Track 2 Suicide Safer Care in Priority Communities

Applications are due by 11:59pm on August 13. Applications and supporting materials should be submitted electronically to Maria Gdontakis Pos at AOCMHP (

Content questions may be addressed to: Meghan Crane, OHA PHD at

An informational webinar was held on July 25. You can watch a recording on the informational webinar here.


  • Information/application posted: July 11, 2023
  • Deadline for applications: August 13, 2023 at 11:59pm
  • Notice of Award: August 25, 2023
  • Project start date: August 29, 2023
  • Project end date: August 28, 2024
  • Final report due: September 30, 2024