OPS-OCCAP Oregon Child Mental Health Taskforce

The mental health taskforce is currently on hold. Please review our resources. Out of the work of the taskforce OPAL-K was formed. Psychiatry consulation is avialable to primary care. OPAL-K is now housed at OHSU.


Program Overview

The Oregon Pediatric Society-Oregon Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Children’s Mental Health Taskforce began in 2007 with start-up grants from the AAP and AACAP.  The group initially invited Jane M. Foy, M.D, FAAP and David Fassler, M.D., FAACAP to an OPS and OCCAP Spring Meeting to kick off the initiative. The first activities were to engage pediatricians and child psychiatrists in teams, or “arranged marriages,” for pediatric practices. This result of this effort was in 14 teams across the state that met over a six-month period to expand child psychiatry consultation for practice-based mental health needs. Some of these initial relationships are still ongoing and all teams found the exercise helpful.


As a result of this initial consultation model, the taskforce explored national models for child psychiatry consultation in primary care practice. In November 2008, the group  brought Barry Sarvet, M.D, FACCAP from the Massachusetts’s Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP) to Portland to help explore options for Oregon. Additionally, it invited Robert Hilt, M.D, FACCAP from Washington’s Partnership Access Line (PAL) to join in the discussion. These initial inquiries were the start of initiating the Oregon Psychiatric Assess Line for Kids (OPAL-K).  Funding was secured from Oregon’s Addiction and Mental Health Division to build the proposal, partnerships and budget for start up of OPAL-K.


The Oregon Child Mental Health Taskforce has adopted specific Mission, Vision and Values embodied in its charter adopted July 2009.


The Taskforce has been increasingly recognized as a leadership group focused on alignment, engagement and promotion of improved children’s mental health services.  The Taskforce has been led through this process by the Oregon Child Mental Health Taskforce Steering Committee; a group of OPS-OCCAP members and other leaders.


The Oregon Children's Mental Health Taskforce as of 2011 has created the Intergration of Physical and Mental Health Care Delivery for Oregon's Children, a brief of recommendations to the Oregon health authority.


Taskforce Workgroups

 In January 2010, the Taskforce established three Workgroups to create action plans and tangible outcomes:


Mental Health Taskforce Meetings 2011 Archive

Mental Health Taskforce Meetings 2010 Archive

Mental Health Taskforce Meetings 2009 Archive