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 


2020 OCEACT Conference Webinar Series Registration!!

2020 Annual Statewide OCEACT Conference

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the 2020 Annual Statewide OCEACT Conference in Corvallis, Oregon was cancelled. However, OCEACT has organized a series of webinars with some of our scheduled presenters. 

CEUs will be offered for these webinars.

Please click on the link below to get details on each webinar series and links to register:

OCEACT Conference 2020 Webinar Series Registration



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!

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

OHA COVID-19 Webinar: Adapting MH Services for Children and Families

Monday April 27th from 1:30p-3:00p
Children’s Behavioral Health Outpatient and Community Based Provider COVID-19 Webinar: Adapting Mental Health Services for Children and Families:

Please register here:

They plan to include:
Welcome and Introductions
COVID-19 High level update – Dr. Jetmalani
Behavioral Health COVID-19 Response update – Steve Allen
Adapting Behavioral Health Services during COVID-19 – Chelsea Holcomb, Nat Jacobs, Fran Pearson and Laurie Theodorou
Resources – Chelsea Holcomb
Q&A and sharing/discussion