OHA Announces Plan for Vaccine Distribution

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announces initial plans for vaccine distribution to health providers
• ACT staff are considered priority health care providers as defined by the OHA.
• At this time, the vaccine is in limited supply and the specifics of the distribution plan will be informed by the Vaccine Advisory Committee which is expected to convene on 1/7/21.
What does that mean for you?
o Oregon has not yet received (nor has been allocated) enough vaccine to administer vaccine to all potential recipients in the health care provider priority group (Group 1, Phase1a).
o OHA is working to develop operational plans to connect individuals to vaccines as more vaccine arrives over these coming weeks and months.
o OHA will be posting more information about these operational plans in the coming weeks on their website https://covidvaccine.oregon.gov/ .
o Another helpful website regarding COVID vaccines is: https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/PREVENTIONWELLNESS/VACCINESIMMUNIZATION/IMMUNIZATIONPROVIDERRESOURCES/Pages/COVIDvaccine.aspx
o If you have questions in the meantime, please send them to OHA at: COVID19.Vaccine@dhsoha.state.or.us

OHA COVID Vaccine Distribution Plan December 2020

Benton County Creates ‘Working During COVID-19’ Discussion Framework

OCEACT would like to acknowledge the incredible work and accomplishment of Sara Kaye, MSW, LCSW, Team lead for EASA & Supported Employment/Education and her team in Benton County for having created this framework to support participants in considering the risks of employment during the COVID-19 crisis. Her work has recently been recognized and published in the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors newsletter (vo 6 #21). We are grateful to be able to share this resource here for ACT teams’ own use in helping participants consider employment risks during this public health emergency.

Working During COVID19 Discussion Framework 


Changes to Oregon Medicaid Plan During COVID-19 Emergency

Please review the Approval Package to see the changes that were approved in the state 1915(i) plan as part of Medicaid Disaster relief. These changes are retroactive to 3/1/20 and will sunset at the end of the public health emergency.

The following are now approved to be provided by telehealth:
• Needs-based eligibility criteria evaluations and re-evaluations
• Person-centered service plan development and completion and monitoring
• Home-Based Habilitation; HCBS Behavioral Habilitation and Psychosocial rehabilitation to individuals who are being served in an inpatient setting to promote supports not otherwise provided by the acute care hospital and are designed to ensure smooth transitions between acute care and community based settings

New OHA sponsored webinars for professional healthcare networks! – CEU certificate of completion for each course!

Registration is now open for free, online disaster behavioral health training, offered to health care professionals and first responders by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). Please note that completing the training does not qualify as a full PFA certification. All participants receive a CEU certificate of completion for each course.
These free webinars are limited to health care professionals, first responders and SERV-OR volunteers in Oregon. Please share widely with your professional healthcare networks.

1. Just In Time Behavioral Health in Times of Community Crisis (2-hours)
Principles of behavioral health action, and the initiation of behavioral health action using the criteria of Psychological First Aid (PFA) during the COVID.19 pandemic. This course provides the fundamentals for delivering initial behavioral health response assistance during the Coronavirus. This abbreviated training provides best practices when working with any individual during the current situation of the pandemic. This curriculum is based on the SAMHSA 8-hour provider certification under the supervision of Dr. Ronald Glaus.

2. Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care (2-hours)
Responding in a compassionate and caring manner, in any profession, can impact mental and emotional strength. Assess your own level of compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction, and acquire new tools to strengthen your resilience to burnout. Participants will also put together their own self-care plan after learning about strategies for self-care.

Click here to register and for the current schedule of offerings: https://www.bolante.net/webinars

Additional offerings will be posted through the months of April and May.