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BestCare Treatment Services was recently awarded a grant worth $137,273 over two years by Oregon Health Services to support a critical position that will aid in providing behavioral health care to Jefferson Country’s veterans. BestCare — which is the contracted community mental health program for Jefferson County — will use the grant money to employ a full-time veterans’ behavioral health peer support specialist.
Once the full-time position is filled, the VBHPSS will provide peer mentor support to Jefferson County veterans receiving care through BestCare’s mental health program and/or through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, the veterans behavioral health peer support specialist will actively provide veterans outreach services, in part, by actively participating in veterans networking activities and working with the Jefferson County Veterans Services program.
“We are thrilled that we will be able to continue this program for the benefit of many of the 2,200 veterans who live in Jefferson County and the Warm Springs Indian Reservation,” said Rick Treleaven, Chief Executive Officer for BestCare Treatment Services. “Many veterans work best with other veterans who have gone through similar experiences and understand the needs that may be unique to veterans. Peer outreach and support services are a critical component to providing behavioral health services to the veterans in our community.”
The VBHPSS will enhance the ongoing efforts of BestCare Treatment Services-Jefferson County CMHP to support Jefferson County veterans. Those efforts include:
For more than three years, BestCare Treatment Services-Jefferson County CMHP has provided free