OCEACT would like to announce the hiring of our newest Statewide Trainer, Liz Middleton!
Liz has worked in community mental health in a variety of roles both clinical and supervisory for nearly thirty years. As a QMHP, Liz has provided care in a variety of settings: recovery-oriented partial care, prison, dual-disorder inpatient, SRTF, low-barrier transitional housing and probation. Liz has Team Lead experience in two ACT programs. The most recent has been with Cascadia Behavioral Health Forensic Act Team since inception in 2015 until January 2022.
Liz has received a wealth of knowledge from the following resources: participants, colleagues, supervisors, continuing education trainings, every OCEACT conference and from Temple University School of Social Work. Liz achieved a BSW (Stockton University) and MSW (Temple University) and has been an Oregon LCSW since 2007. Liz is also a proud Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner since 2017.
Self-care activities include hiking, cycling, yoga, reading, thrifting and spending time with friends both two and four-legged. Currently, there are three elder Chihuahua mixes and three playful felines ruling the home in Portland.
You can find her contact info listed HERE on our contact page.
Jeff Krolick, Director of Special Projects for Options of Southern Oregon has stepped down from his role providing leadership for the Oregon Supported Employment Center for Excellence (OSECE) and Oregon Center for Excellence for Assertive Community Treatment (OCEACT). Jeff is an innovative leader who has promoted the adoption of evidence based practices throughout his career with Options. We will greatly miss his vision and the wonderful energy he brings to this work everyday. Fortunately, we don’t have to say goodbye to Jeff just yet, as he will be continuing on with Options at least through the end of 2021.
Heidi Herinckx, has been hired to fulfill the leadership role as the Director for the Oregon Centers of Excellence at Options. Please welcome Heidi in this new role!
Crystal McMahon will continue as Director of OSECE and managing all the day to day operations of OSECE.
A new Director of the OCEACT is currently being recruited to backfill Heidi’s vacancy for this position. The “OCEACT Manager” position can be found on the Options for Southern Oregon website.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
On March 30th, 2021, OCEACT hosted a consultation call with Patricia Deegan, PhD where she explored the role of peer specialists working on clinical teams. She described some of the differences between the peer support role and the clinical role and demonstrated how specific tools in Recovery Library help peer supporters and clinicians work together, especially around supporting people in their use of psychiatric medications. If you missed this call or would like to re-watch, please follow the link below for the recording.
Topic: Consultation with Patricia Deegan, PhD – Using Recovery Library to Create Synergy Between the Work of Peer Specialists and Clinicians
Meeting Recording Link (see required passcode below):
Access Passcode: Deegan3.30
OCEACT would like to share with you a recent publication that OCEACT staff published about all the wonderful work ACT programs across Oregon have accomplished to implement high fidelity and recovery oriented services.
This article highlights some of the innovative strategies that Oregon has used to make ACT accessible to as many Oregonians as possible in urban, rural and frontier communities.
It is the results of your hard work and dedication that makes the success of ACT programs thrive.
OCEACT looks forward to our continued partnership with you to improve the quality of lives of individuals living with Serious Mental Illness by offering them ACT services and other evidence based practices. Helping individuals served by ACT programs live their best, most rewarding lives is our shared mission.
Click HERE to read the article celebrating ACT implementation in Oregon.