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GOBHI Providers Behavioral Health Newsletter June 2024

Update From the GOBHI Leadership

Hello all,

At the June 7th EOCCO Board meeting the board voted Ann as the President of EOCCO. This will allow us to elevate the great work that GOBHI does in the EOCCO region.

HB 4092, work to reduce administrative burden and require a cost study for CMHP safety net services is regularly meeting and diving into the statutes that govern the BH system in Oregon. This is an intensive process requiring the collaboration of many system partners with very tight deadlines. The first report with recommendations on statute changes is in December of 2024. GOBHI/EOCCO remains deeply involved in this work.

The Compliance Team has been working on deliverables, developing training, reviewing policy and procedures, attending RACs for rule changes, conducting audits and providing technical assistance. Our team consists of Mark Martinez , Beatrice Olivan, Becky Miller, Sam Shea and Karen Cady.

OHA is proposing major changes to the care coordination rules which will affect both CMHP’s and CCO’s and recently hosted a set of rules advisory committees (RAC’s) to review the rules. You may submit additional input to Diane Quiring ( no later than 5 PM on July 5, 2024. For more information visit


Peer Workforce Conference

The 2024 Eastern Oregon Peer Workforce Conference is less than 2 months away! It will be held at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, on August 22 - 23, 2024, and the theme is Holistic Wellness & Self-Care. Throughout the two days, there will be 16 workshops available, all tailored to peer support, as well as keynote speakers and an Eastern Oregon Peer Panel. This conference will focus on the unique needs of peer support specialists who work and reside in Eastern Oregon.

Currently, there are 140 employed peer workers of all specialty types throughout EOCCO’s 12-county region, and the Peer Conference is an opportunity for all peers to come together in one location for networking opportunities, social connection between like minded individuals, professional development of skills specific to peer support, and develop/increase leadership skills. Being able to collaborate with the various experiences will expose peers to different perspectives, which is key to supporting diversity across Eastern Oregon in various organizations that employ peer workers.

The overarching goal of this conference is to help grow the peer support profession and promote the inclusion of peer support specialists throughout healthcare and other community systems across Eastern Oregon.


EOCCO Advance Directive Trainings

There is a series of Advance Directive trainings scheduled for 2024. They will help those thinking about advanced healthcare wishes of one’s self or a loved one.

EOCCO’s Advance Directive online training teaches you how to talk with loved ones about your wishes and choose a person to make healthcare decisions for you if you can’t.

Register today for one of the following training dates:


Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative (OABHI) Trainings

 For individuals in behavioral health working or interested in working with older adults, there are upcoming training sessions

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Virtual Training - Build your confidence and capability to help someone in crisis with this three-step, evidence-based program. This two-hour training will also cover information about preventing suicide among older adults and veteran populations.

  • All trainings are on Zoom. You can register here.

  • September 10, 10am - 12pm

  • November 7, 1pm - 3pm

2024 GOBHI Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative (OABHI) Workforce Training Series - Build your knowledge and skills to meet the behavioral health needs of older adults.

  • All trainings are on Zoom from 10am - 12pm. You can register here.

  • July 16: Depression in Older Adults

  • September 17: Alcohol Use in Older Adults

  • November 19: Behavioral Activation

Contact the GOBHI OABHI team at with questions.


2024 Lunch and Learn Training Opportunities

In an effort to improve access to GOBHI’s training for network providers and offer Continuing Education Units (CEU’s), we are excited to announce the 2024 Lunch and Learn Series. On the 3rd Thursday of each month from 12-1 PM PT we will be offering 1 hour of CEUs for a variety of topics, presented by GOBHI subject matter experts. We are hoping you will join us! We understand this time is usually lunch for folks, so feel free to join camera on or off and both get some nourishment, earn a CEU, and engage with peers around topics that we think are pertinent to the work you all are doing! 

The following table provides training topics and links to registration. 

July 18th

Civil Commitment 101

August 15th

Accessing Acute Care Tips and Tricks

November 14th

Basics of Guardianship

September 19th

Peer Supervision

December 19th

Care Coordination OAR Updates

We look forward to Lunching and Learning with you all in 2024!


Program update - Foster Care

Foster homes for youth are greatly needed in Eastern Oregon!

The GOBHI Therapeutic Foster Care program provides full-time/part-time services and care to youth in foster homes with foster parents certified and trained by GOBHI. Youth are involved with the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), Child Welfare Division.

Please visit our website to learn more about the program and how you can help by sharing information, promoting the importance of foster care, and referring individuals who are able to support this critical effort.

Help us build a network of caring homes to support youth across our state. For more information about referral incentives and how you can support foster home recruitment efforts, see this flier or contact a member of our Foster Care Team. 


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