Oregon Center of Excellence for Assertive Community Treatment
Options for Southern Oregon
1215 SW ‘G’ Street
Grants Pass, Oregon 97526
Jeff Krolick, Director of Special Projects
Jeff Krolick received his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University and has worked in the mental health field for 26 years as a direct service provider and administrator. He is a strong advocate for recovery oriented services including Evidence-based Supported Employment and Assertive Community Treatment. In1998 he lead the effort to secure SAMHSA funding to successfully implement a high fidelity supported employment program in Josephine County, Oregon. Jeff has served on a variety of State and regional committees including Governor Kulongowski’s Mental Health Task Force and was the Oregon Psychiatric Association’s recipient of their 2010 Access Award for his efforts over the past decade promoting supported employment in Oregon. Jeff is currently the Special Projects Director at Options for Southern Oregon and the administrator for the Oregon Supported Employment Center for Excellence and the Center of Excellence for Assertive Community Treatment.
Heidi Herinckx, Director of OCEACT
Heidi Herinckx joined Options for Southern Oregon in July 2013 and serves as the Director for Research and Evaluation as well as the Director for the newly created Oregon Center of Excellence for Assertive Community Treatment (OCEACT). Heidi has over 20 years experience helping mental health programs implement and evaluate evidence based practices.
Prior to joining Options, Heidi was a mental health services researcher at the Regional Research Institute at Portland State University for 18 years. Heidi has worked with a number of mental health and social service agencies in Oregon and Washington with the primary goal of advancing and improving mental health care and community-based services. Heidi’s areas of expertise include Assertive Community Treatment, Strengths case management, supported employment, the Matrix model for methamphetamine addiction, mental health court and therapeutic jurisprudence, peer providers and person-centered service design.
Over the past 20 years, Heidi has implemented and evaluated ACT programs in Oregon and Washington. Heidi was the project manager for this randomized clinical trial that compared the effectiveness of consumer providers of ACT, non-consumer providers of ACT, and “ mental health services as usual.” From 2004 through 2008, Heidi helped implement and evaluate the COMET program in Clark County Washington and the MERIT program in Josephine County Oregon. The COMET Program was an ACT team that combined the MATRIX model to treat individuals with serious mental illness and a co-occurring methamphetamine addiction.
Ben Yoder, ACT Statewide Trainer
Ben Yoder is a graduate of The University of Oregon, long-time Oregon resident, and advocate for the SPMI population. He spent his first few years post-graduation working on campus for environmental concerns and shortly thereafter transitioned into a recovery specialist position with The Laurel Hill Center. There, he studied under Mary Alice Brown, PhD., well known advocate for the rights of the under-served and former president of USPRA. After a 15 year tenure and development of the Laurel Hill ACT program, Ben transitioned to the position of statewide trainer with OCEACT. He is currently conducting program reviews and providing technical assistance and support to ACT teams across the state
Ben serves the community in his free time as president and board member of a local HOA and supports the local efforts of elementary and middle schools. When he is not playing any variety of music instrument or spending time with his Boston Terrier, he enjoys hiking, kayaking, snorkeling rivers and lakes, biking, attempting to surf, and playing sports with his two sons, who are 9 and 12. Kristi is Ben’s long-time partner and she works as an account rep. for a successful organic produce company, distributing produce throughout the western states. They met at the Urban Farm at the University of Oregon and continue to share strong values in fair trade, gardening, and the therapeutic value of helping something grow. Salud!
Kevin Hoeper, ACT Statewide Trainer
Kevin Hoeper graduated from Southern Oregon University with his Bachelors degree in Psychology. After school he began working at a drug and alcohol treatment center in Eugene. There he spent time working in residential and in outpatient settings. He later moved back to Ashland and started working with Jackson County’s first ACT team. Kevin has worked as both an Employment Specialist and Case Manager for the ACT team in Jackson County. He is now excited to start working as an ACT Statewide Trainer.
Outside of work Kevin enjoys hiking, camping with his family, and spending time by the water. He is a passionate football fan rooting for the Ducks and the 49ers. Kevin is also known to frequent the occasional comic book convention. He is looking forward to continuing to work with ACT teams across the state.
Shane Semin, ACT Statewide Trainer
Shane grew up in Ashland, Oregon and feels lucky to be a 34 year resident of Southern Oregon, . Shane experienced adversity in his teens and early 20’s and was fortunate enough to find recovery at 22 years old. Shane started to find different opportunities for himself and as a young man, Shane found himself working manual labor, mostly having to do with production and Mill work. After years of manual labor work, Shane was able to use the wisdom of his father and “use the thing on his shoulders for something other than a hat rack”. Shane returned to school in his Mid 20’s and he was determined to become a long term residential Alcohol and Drug counselor. Upon graduation, he was able to secure one of only two local positions that fit this bill. Shane worked 7 plus years in a residential setting, providing addictions counseling to adult males who could bring one child in to residence and gain substance abuse treatment along with parenting skills. Shane made another change and went into outpatient Opiate replacement therapy. After four years working with the opiate dependent population, he found himself with another opportunity for change and worked on the Access to Recovery Grant with Jackson County Mental Health. When this grant came to an end, the agency was ready to start an Assertive Community Treatment team. Shane worked on the Jackson County Mental Health ACT team as the Substance Abuse Specialist for nearly 4 years. Recently, Shane was prompted to apply for a position for the Oregon Center of Excellence for Assertive Community Treatment, where two of his friends were currently working. Shane was offered the position of ACT Statewide Trainer and feels blessed to be part of this amazing team!
Christina Lindsey, ACT Statewide Trainer
Christina Lindsey graduated from The University of Oregon in 2003, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She then spent several years in various customer service positions before landing on an ACT Team in Arizona. There, Christina became very passionate about adult mental health, recovery, and the ACT model in particular. After a year and half in Arizona, Christina followed her husband back to Oregon and secured a place as the Peer Support Specialist for the Laurel Hill Center ACT Team. Christina was with Laurel Hill for four years and is excited for new experiences as a Statewide Trainer with OCEACT.
Christina is a self-professed “nerd” who enjoys science fiction, anime, and comic books. She also enjoys crafting, knitting, and gardening. Christina and her husband like to spend time together playing video games, bike riding, and analyzing the plots of television shows.
Alyssa Kerlinger, OCEACT Research Associate
Alyssa was born and raised in Medford, Oregon, where she currently lives. She graduated with a bachelor degree in Sociology and certificates in Nonprofit Management and Regional Studies and Applied Social Research from Southern Oregon University. While finishing her degree, Alyssa partnered with the Southern Oregon University Research Center to study student retention, analyzing the obstacles SOU students face to reach graduation. Alyssa has been able to assist with other research studies including: collecting data for Jackson County Health and Human Services’ Standardized Tobacco Assessment for Retail Settings and co-editing on Dr. Vincent Smith’s Food Assessment Research, which is currently submitted for publishing. With her knowledge of the barriers that college students face, Alyssa started her career at Jackson County Mental Health as a Supported Education Specialist. There, she was able to assist mental health clients overcome barriers and achieve their education goals. It is with great excitement that Alyssa will continue her work in mental health and use her research experience in her new position as OCEACT’s Research Associate.
With a love for understanding and learning about people, Alyssa spent several years before college traveling through China, Puerto Rico, Israel and Kenya. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys continuing to travel, reading a good book, and camping or rafting with her husband and two dogs.