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

OHA Behavioral Health Updates – October 21st Zoom Update for Behavioral Health Consumers with Director Steve Allen

OCEACT would like to pass on this opportunity for consumers and families to hear direct updates from OHA. Please see details below.

Zoom Update for Behavioral Health Consumers & Families

Please join OHA’s Office of Consumer Activities Director Brandy Hemsley and Behavioral Health Director Steve Allen on Wednesday, October 21st from 6-7pm to hear updates about the work happening at OHA and ask us your questions.

Click on this link to join using your computer, tablet, or smartphone:
https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1613965122?pwd=UDZObjVUNEk1eU02dEpqaWlZOTIvUT09

To join by telephone, dial 669-254-5252 and enter meeting ID: 161 396 5122

ASL interpretation, live captioning, and simultaneous Spanish interpretation will all be available for this meeting. Please contact Brandy Hemsley at brandy.l.hemsley@dhsoha.state.or.us or 971-239-2942 if you have questions, need support, or require other accommodations.

Actualización para Consumidores de Salud del Comportamiento y sus Familias
Por favor, únase con la Directora de la Oficina de Actividades del Consumidor de OHA, Brandy Hemsley, y el Director de Salud del Comportamiento Steve Allen el miércoles 21 de octubre de 6 pm a 7 pm para obtener una actualización del trabajo ocurriendo en OHA y responder a sus preguntas.

Haga clic en este enlace para unirse usando su computadora, tableta o teléfono con internet:
https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1613965122?pwd=UDZObjVUNEk1eU02dEpqaWlZOTIvUT09

La interpretación de ASL, los subtítulos en vivo en inglés y la interpretación simultánea en español estarán disponibles para esta reunión. Comuníquese con Brandy Hemsley al brandy.l.hemsley@dhsoha.state.or.us o al 971-239-2942 si tiene preguntas, necesita ayuda o necesita otras adaptaciones.

Join OHA tomorrow (7/9) for a COVID-19 African American Community Mental Health Dialogue

OCEACT would like to present this opportunity to join the Oregon Health Authority in a COVID-19 African American Community Mental Health Dialogue. Please review the details provided by OHA below:

“The current pandemic is highlighting disparities across a wide range of impacts and outcomes in our Black, African Immigrant and African American Communities that are the result of many factors including historical and contemporary racism, discrimination, oppression, toxic stress and intergenerational trauma. The Oregon Health Authority has not done enough to recognize and work with Communities of Color to resolve inequities and address their root causes. We want to hear from you and begin to forge the relationships needed to co-create approaches and services that truly support Black and African American communities.
Please join this dialogue co-hosted by Oregon Health Authority Behavioral Health Director, Steve Allen and Multnomah County Behavioral Health Division Director Ebony Clarke to dialogue about the best ways to utilize CARES Act funding to support the mental health needs of Black and African Americans within the state of Oregon.”
Event Details
When: July 9th, 2020 5-6:30PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItc-GsqTIvHKwA0LzMHEP8clpYDD-S6qo
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Everyone has a right to know about and use Oregon Health Authority (OHA) programs and services. OHA provides free help. Some examples of the free help OHA can provide are:
• Sign language and spoken language interpreters
• Written materials in other languages
• Braille
• Large print
• Audio and other formats

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