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:

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:

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:
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 


The Community Technical Assistance Center of NY is offering a free webinar: Wellness Self-Management for the COVID-19 Crisis

This webinar will be held on Thursday May 7th @ 11am PT


Many practitioners and recipients are familiar with Wellness Self-Management (WSM), a curriculum-based clinical practice designed to assist adults to effectively manage serious mental health problems. WSM lessons focus on recovery, mental health wellness, relapse prevention and more.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, six new WSM lessons have been developed which can be used remotely (or face-to-face) in individual and group meetings.

The topics are:
• Understanding the Coronavirus and COVID-19
• Why Is It Important to Understand Our Stress During the COVID-19 Crisis?
• Identifying Your Personal Signs of Stress During the COVID-19 Crisis
• Coping with COVID-19: What works? What doesn’t?
• Being Connected with Other People is More Important Now than Ever
• Staying Physically Healthy During the COVID-19 Crisis
Please join us for this hour-long webinar focusing on these new WSM-COVID-19 lessons!