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 (mpos@aocmhp.org).

Content questions may be addressed to: Meghan Crane, OHA PHD at meghan.crane@oha.oregon.gov.

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

Please Welcome OCEACT’s New Statewide Trainer, Liz Middleton!


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.

OCEACT & OSECE Leadership Changes

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.

Missed the Consultation Call with Pat Deegan, PhD on 3/30/21 or want to go back and re-watch? Check out the recording!

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

ACT Implementation in Oregon Article Published!

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.