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Find Resources to Break into the Behavioral Health Profession in Oregon.

Are you interested in working in behavioral health?

The Oregon Workforce Partnership (OWP) is committed to providing modern, sensitive, and informative resources to help Oregon residents explore work in the behavioral health field.

Why a Career in Behavioral Health?

Oregon is always in need of behavioral health professionals to work in areas such as mental health counselors, substance abuse disorder prevention specialists, and support counselors.

Benefits of working in Behavioral Health

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    Making a Difference

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    Diverse Career Opportunities

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    Continuous Learning & Growth
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    Supporting & Building your Community

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    Advocacy Opportunities

Interested in Getting Licensed?

The Healthy Oregon Workforce Training Opportunity (HOWTO) Program is an apprenticeship-based behavioral health career pathway in Oregon. The HOWTO program is comprised of three levels. The first level includes: Peer Support Specialists, Community/Traditional Health Workers, and Certified Recovery Mentors. The second level includes: Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors I (CADC-I), and Qualified Mental Health Associates (QMHA). The third level includes: scholarships for clinicians completing Masters-level credentials as: Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs), or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs).

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Want to become a Behavioral Health Provider?

The Central Oregon Behavioral Health Consortium is a training and educational program supported by collaborative members across Central Oregon serving CADC’s, masters students, and associates and fellows completing their supervision towards licensure. They are currently looking for individuals to join their 2024-2025 COBHC Cohort.

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Not sure Which Behavioral Health Profession is Right for you?

Take Washington State Health Care Authority’s short quiz to find what roles would best align with your values, experience, and goals.