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GOBHI Providers Behavioral Health Newsletter September 2023

Update From The CEO

Greetings, providers,

Welcome to fall! I hope you get to enjoy some walks in the crisp air, taking in the autumn colors.

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! This celebration extends from September 15 to October 15. Check out the learning resources in the awareness events section of this newsletter for details.

September – what a busy time of year! The 11th Annual EOCCO Summit took place last week at Wildhorse Resort & Casino, bringing together providers and allied partners serving EOCCO Members. GOBHI staff will be attending various events as part of our community presence, including CCO Oregon, Oregon Council for Behavioral Health, Association of Oregon Counties and more. Next month we are looking forward to the Blue Mountain Early Childhood and Behavioral Health Summit in Pendleton, Oct. 13; Community Behavioral Health Workshop on Oct. 23rd in Hermiston and Community Behavioral Health Workshop in Pendleton on Oct. 30th. The Community Behavioral Health Workshop will consist of two half-day sessions to discuss mental health and substance use in Umatilla County. Participants will address local needs and identify clear steps of action. Learn more or register here.

(At the EOCCO Summit last week. GOBHI: Dr. Satya Chandragiri, Kristin Bezdek, Kathleen Madore, and Ashley Reeser. From CHD, Amber Schuler, second from left.)

We are continuing efforts outlined in the EOCCO Comprehensive Behavioral Health Plan: Network Development, Workforce, and Housing. Along the topic of workforce, the Behavioral Health Workforce Campaign in Eastern Oregon had a busy summer as we raised awareness about the need for behavioral health professionals in the region. We are continuing this effort. Make sure to share the campaign and its job board with those interested in a career in BH.

In closing, thank you for your steadfast efforts and commitment to serving the behavioral health and social service needs of community members in Eastern Oregon.


Karen Wheeler, MA CEO, GOBHI / Behavioral Health Director and Tribal Liaison, EOCCO


Early Childhood Learning Session

Systems-Level Social Emotional Health (SEH) Incentive Measure - Year 2 Community Learning Session

What is the Social Emotional Learning Session about?: Addressing the needs of our youth aged 0-5 and their families.

Development of the metric including vision, purpose, and activities. The focus of the metric is for children birth to age 5, and their families, to have equitable access to services that support their social-emotional health and are the best match for their needs.

  • Build capacity within CCOs for enhanced services, integration of services, cross-sector collaboration, and future measurement opportunities.

  • Use child-level data to guide and inform efforts, assess the sensitivity and specificity of the child-level metric to those efforts.

  • Review of CCO Aggregate Performance and Social Emotional Health Reach Metric Data

  • Asset map for contracted behavioral health services summarizing the capacity and characteristics of Social-emotional health services, specific to therapy services and assignments/screenings

  • Obtain meaningful input and conversations with cross-sector community partners and families from the communities experiencing historical and contemporary injustices. Identify barriers and opportunities to improve SEH service that can inform the CCO’s Action Plan to address service capacity and access

Who should attend:

  • Primary care practices and providers

  • Behavioral health programs/providers that serve children

  • Early Learning Hubs

  • Tribal governments and/or the Urban Indian Health Program

  • Regional Education Service Districts, including the Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education program

  • Culturally specific organizations serving children birth to age 5 and their families

  • Local DHS programs, including the office of child welfare and self-sufficiency

  • Other behavioral health programs/providers serving children birth to age 5 and their families

  • Local criminal justice agencies

  • Early care and education programs, including preschool and child care programs

  • Local public health programs serving children birth to age 5 and their families (e.g. WIC, home visiting)

  • Regional health equity coalitions

  • Faith based organizations

What Next?

EOCCO will use the reflections from conversations with cross-sector community partners and families to create an Action Plan- addressing barriers which impact children and their families to have equitable access to services that support their social-emotional health and are the best match for their needs. We will strategize ways to continue building capacity within EOCCO for enhanced services, integration of services, cross-sector collaboration, and future measurement opportunities.

Thank you for your participation in this event and we look forward to learning more from you.


Awareness Months

Hispanic Heritage Month

GOBHI is proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! GOBHI serves Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization members in three of the four counties with the highest percentage of Latino residents in the state of Oregon and 27.1% of our members identify as Latino/a/x (2022 annual report). We encourage you to take this time to visit learning resources and events that highlight the rich history and present day contribution of Hispanic and Latino/a/x residents in the United States.

Here are just a few examples:

Recovery Month

The month of September is designated as National Recovery Month with a focus on educating and celebrating the many rewards recovery has to offer. It is a time to come together and reflect on not only this issue, but also the positive and affirming message that recovery is both possible and attainable.

Consider sharing a few of these helpful links our staff shared in relation to Recovery Month.

  • Recovery Resource Center: Website by the organization Partnership to End Addiction. It includes prevention resources and more.

  • Social Media Toolkit: Provided by Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), this page is a one-stop shop of outreach and awareness products. Consider sharing on your organization’s social media platforms.

  • Recovery Walk: Save the date and register for the Oregon Recovers and Center for Human Development recovery walk on Oct. 7.

  • Share GOBHI posts on social media to help raise awareness in the power of recovery!


Fall provider trainings

GOBHI is providing a series of fall trainings for the provider network. These are important learning opportunities for behavioral health professionals throughout the region. More information will be posted at the registration webpages below. Stay tuned for information about CEUs and other details.

Upcoming trainings list:


Problem Gambling Summit

The “Setting the Stage for the Future” summit will take place October 5-6, 2023 (Pre-conference on October 4).

Location: The Inn At Spanish Head Resort Hotel, 4009 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City, Oregon.

Registration links and more information:

  • Pre-Conference Registration (October 4) Register.

  • Main Conference Registration (October 5-6) Register.

  • Smores on the Beach (weather permitting) (October 5th at 7:30 pm) Register.

  • Registration closes September 29, 2023.


Network Development funds

REMINDER: For GOBHI Network Development Request for Proposals (RFPs), the submission deadline for proposals is 9/30/23.

GOBHI has dedicated funds to further the goal of expanding its behavioral health provider network in the EOCCO region, an initiative tied to the EOCCO Comprehensive Behavioral Health Plan (CBHP) . GOBHI welcomes proposals that will address one or more of the following areas related to network expansion.

For eligibility and application information, visit the GOBHI funding opportunities webpage for more information.

Upcoming dates:

● September 30, 2023: RFP Closure Date - Final Deadline for All Submissions.

● January 1, 2024: RFP Awardees Project Start Deadline


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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