OPDSCo brings together peers/consumers, allies, and all those interested in the success of peer delivered services statewide.
From 2013-2016, Mental Health Association of Oregon (MHAO)--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.