Older Adult Behavioral Health

In 2015, the Oregon Health Authority launched the Older Adult Behavioral Initiative (OABHI) after a statewide assessment found that the infrastructure of services, supports, and resources available for older adults and people with disabilities were greatly lacking.

The goals of this initiative are to:

  • Increase availability and access to services and supports for older adults and adults with disabilities
  • Promote multi-system collaboration and coordination between multiple agencies
  • Provide community-wide education to professionals to enhance the capacity of Oregon communities to support the needs of older adults and people with disabilities

The initiative relies on Older Adult Behavioral Specialists (OABHS) located throughout the state to achieve these goals, including one in Yamhill County.

The OABHS is responsible for collaboration and coordination, complex case consultation, and workforce and community education related to services for older adults and adults with disabilities.

In collaboration with local partners, the OABHS assesses community needs, identifies gaps in services, eliminates barriers, promotes best practices and evidence-based approaches, provides information and training, and maintains information on area resources for older adults.

Working closely with multiple agencies, systems, and individuals - including Yamhill County Health and Human Services (YCHHS), Oregon Health Authority's Health Systems Division, Aging and People with Disabilities (APD), the Area Agency on Aging (AAA), Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC), Yamhill Community Care (YCCO), healthcare systems (i.e., hospitals, physicians, nursing facilities and other care settings), consumer groups, advocates, caregivers and family members - the OABHS focuses on assuring appropriate services are available, provided with dignity, and responsive to individual needs.

For more information about the initiative and the Yamhill County OABHS, please view the OABHS Overview (PPTX) PowerPoint presentation and/or review the Program Brochure (PDF).

To contact the Older Adult Behavioral Health Specialist, please email Lacey Plasker or call 503-474-6853 or 971-267-0548.