Background and Strategic Initiatives
The Tri-County Behavioral Health Providers Association (TCBHPA) was formed in early 2012 in response to federal and state healthcare reform resulting from the Affordable Care Act. Since its inception, TCBHPA has been the avenue for the region’s mental health and addictions providers to work together to strengthen our system of care for greater community health.
Our approximately 33 members organizations include providers of all sizes that specialize in providing access to healthcare for all children, youth and adults with mental health, addiction and culturally specific needs.
TCBHPA already has a number of accomplishments under its belt in its brief history. Strengthening our relationship with the region’s Coordinated Care Organization and other stakeholders is a priority for the association. As such we maintain consistent communication and collaboration with Health Share of Oregon and behavioral health plans including working together through various means around integrated care, equity, workforce, outcomes, case rates and other payment structures and behavioral health issues.
Strategic planning in early 2014 resulted in a focus on Addictions, 7 Day Follow-Up, and Outcomes as well as the development of a Member Directory (see side bar). Follow-on planning in 2016 and 17 added initiatives around Integrated Care, Workforce Recruitment and Retention, and Equity. Committees meet regularly to advance these issues—updates can be found here.
Additionally, members come together every other month at regular Membership Meetings to advance committee issues, address new topics, hear from outside speakers and share information. Health Share and County representatives join us for a portion of these membership meetings on alternating months.
Sarah Buckley, Coordinator
Audrey Gurule, Administrative Support