OPDSCo brings together peers/consumers, allies, and all those interested in the success of peer delivered services statewide.
From 2013-2016, Mental Health Association & Addiction Association of Oregon (dba) (MHAAO)--a peer-run non-profit--received grant funding through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the Oregon Health Reform Peer Network (OHRPN). OHRPN, a statewide network of peers, peer-run organizations, and peers working within the mental health system, worked to increase knowledge and outreach around the Affordable Care Act and healthcare reform in Oregon. Through the OHRPN project, a need was identified to form a peer delivered services coalition.
After an extensive feedback and participatory input process, a grant was written and submitted to SAMHSA as a response to the 2016-2019 Statewide Consumer Network funding opportunity. In the summer of 2016, MHAO received notice that the grant through which OPDSCo would be implemented was awarded. A Project Director and Project Coordinator were hired in summer 2016.
What We AIM TO Achieve
Increased training and networking opportunities for consumers/peers and those involved in peer delivered services (PDS) statewide
Collaboration with organizations, individuals, and networks across Oregon
Increased presence in Coordinated Care Organizations, and more PDS positions offered
Monthly "OPDSConnect" teleconferences to support workforce development
Reduced stigma related to the experience of mental health challenges
Advance PDS workforce
Promotion of recovery and wellness
Independent sustainability for OPDSCo by grant's end
Steering Committee (SC): Leads and directs the Oregon Peer Delivered Services Coalition.
Advisory and Evaluation Committee (AEC): Advises the coalition, and conducts evaluation tasks.