OSECE is hiring!

OSECE has an opening for a statewide trainer position and is asking for your help in disseminating that position to your network or to anyone you know who might be interested in the position.

The duties of a statewide trainer include but are not limited to:
Facilitating fidelity reviews
Writing fidelity reports
Providing training to programs to which they are assigned
Developing and maintaining positive relationships with IPS programs
Developing and maintaining relationships with community partners
Helping with conference planning for our annual OSECE conference

Please note that there is travel involved in the position.

If you know anyone who might be interested please have them apply by clicking the HERE.

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.

SAMHSA Manual

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”

DATES/TIMES*

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: https://bhinstitute.uw.edu/resj-2023-register