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Oregon Statutes, Laws, Administrative Rules, etc. pertaining to Peer Support:

Source Document(s):

  1. State of Oregon, Addictions and Mental Health Division.  (2013 Jan 30). “Terms defined in House Bill (HB 3650-C)”.  Salem, Oregon: State of Oregon, Addictions & Mental Health Division.  Last viewed online 2016 Sept 28 at:


Terms defined in House Bill 3650 (HB 3650-C)
(4) “Community health worker” means an individual who:
(a) Has expertise or experience in public health;
(b) Works in an urban or rural community, either for pay or as a volunteer in association with a local health care system;
(c) To the extent practicable, shares ethnicity, language, socioeconomic status and life experiences with the residents of the community where the worker serves;
(d)Assists members of the community to improve their health and increases the capacity of the community to meet the health care needs of its residents and achieve wellness;
(e)Provides health education and information that is culturally appropriate to the individuals being served;
(f)Assists community residents in receiving the care they need;
(g)May give peer counseling and guidance on health behaviors; and
(h)May provide direct services such as first aid or blood pressure screening.
(14) “Peer wellness specialist” means an individual who is responsible for assessing mental health service and support needs of the individual’s peers through community outreach, assisting individuals with access to available services and resources, addressing barriers to services and providing education and information about available resources and mental health issues in order to reduce stigmas and discrimination toward consumer s of mental health services and to provide direct services to assist individuals in creating and maintaining recovery, health and wellness.
(16) “Personal health navigator” means an individual who provides information, assistance, tools and support to enable a patient to make the best health care decisions in the patient’s particular circumstances and in light of the patient’s needs, lifestyle, combination of conditions and desired outcomes.
Dictionary Definition of Peer
1. A person of the same legal status: a jury of one’s peers.
2. A person who is equal to another in abilities, qualifications, age, background, and social status.
3. Something of equal worth or quality: a sky-scraper without peer.
4. A nobleman.
5. A member of any of the five degrees of the nobility in Great Britain and Ireland (duke, marquis, earl, viscount, and baron).

2. Cheney, Carole and Lisa Angus, Shawn Clark, Rachel Gilmer, and Emily Wang (Oregon Health Policy Board, Workforce Committee, Non-Traditional Health Worker Subcommittee).  (2012 Jan 06).  “DRAFT Recommendations for Core Competencies and Education and Training Requirements for Community Health Workers, Peer Wellness Specialists and Personal Health Navigators.”  Salem, OR: State of Oregon, Oregon Health Authority, Office of Equity & Inclusion.  Last viewed online 2016 Sep 28 at: page 5 for more info on HB3650 that passed in 2011.

3. Scott, Chad. (2015 Sep 10). “Memorandum. To: Oregon Supported Employment Center for Excellence (OSECE). Subject: HCPCS H2023 and H2023TG frequently asked billing questions.” Salem, OR: State of Oregon, Oregon Health Authority, Health Systems Division.  Last viewed online 2016 Oct 12 at:


Yes, Certified Peer Support Specialists are an approved provider type for the H2023 procedure code. The list of providers approved for the H2023 code can be found on the OHA behavioral health fee for service fee schedule located at: …When claiming for supported employment services, providers should bill using code H2023 with a TG modifier.


Oregon Statutes, Laws, Administrative Rules, etc. pertaining to the Oregon Consumer Advisory Council (OCAC)

Source Document(s):

  1. Clark, Shawn. (2016 Sep). Oregon Consumer Advisory Council.  Salem, OR: State of Oregon, Oregon Health Authority.  Last viewed online 2016 Oct 01 at:


The Oregon Consumer Advisory Council (OCAC), established per ORS 430.073, advises the Director of the Oregon Health Authority on the provision of behavioral health services in Oregon. The OCAC may review, evaluate and provide feedback on all site reviews related to mental health services provided by the Oregon Health Authority. The Director appoints 15 to 25 consumers to the OCAC striving to balance representation according to geographic areas of the state and age. The Oregon Health Authority provides administrative support to the OCAC.

The OCAC meets in the even-numbered months on the Second Wednesday of the month from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Human Services Building (HSB), 500 Summer Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97301-1118. If you have questions, please call Shawn Clark at 503-945-9720 or e-mail her at For details on the purpose, scope and process please see the Oregon Administrative Rule 309-011-0024 through 309-011-0036.


National Guidelines, Articles, Resources, etc. regarding Peer Support:

Source Document(s):

  1. Purington, Kitty.  (2016 Jan). “Using Peers to Support Physical and Mental Health Integration for Adults with Serious Mental Illness.”  Washington, D.C.: NASHP (National Academy for State Health Policy).  Last viewed online 2016 Sep 28 at:  Mentions HB3650.



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