The Oregon Center on Behavioral Health and Justice Integration — started in 2017 — is a statewide program in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority to provide specialized training and technical assistance for behavioral health and justice partners to enhance knowledge and improve practices aimed at treating people who, primarily due to symptoms of serious behavioral health conditions, are at risk of becoming incarcerated or are already within the system. The Oregon Center on Behavioral Health and Justice Integration is a specialized division within Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI).
- The Oregon Center on Behavioral Health and Justice Integration helps jurisdictions across the state implement and improve systemic and programmatic efforts in treatment of individuals with serious behavioral health needs who come into contact with the justice system, while ensuring accountability and public safety.
- The Center provides information, facilitation, training and technical assistance for anyone working in Oregon’s behavioral health and justice systems including interdisciplinary groups, teams, and individuals with an emphasis on working with and through Local Public Safety Coordinating Councils (LPSCC).
- The Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) provides the organizing framework for information and activities associated with the Center.
- The Center is committed to building strong partnerships among all components of the local justice system, local county leadership, people with lived experiences, and behavioral health service providers.
The OCBHJI steering committee is comprised of experts representing the behavioral health and criminal justice fields, including:
- Defense Counsel
- State Officials
- Trial Court Administrators
- County Commissioners
- Behavioral Health Professionals
- Disability Rights Advocates
- Local Public Safety Coordinating Councils (LPSCC) Coordinators
- As well as other stakeholder groups
Andrew J. Myers is an attorney and shareholder with the law firm of Peachey & Myers, P.C. He has experience as both a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney in both state and federal courts. Andrew’s current practice focuses on civil litigation, business law, and criminal defense. He also serves as a pro tem judge in The Dalles Municipal Court. Prior to joining the firm, Andrew externed for Federal Judge Jan M. Adler, and completed internships at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon and the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office. Andrew earned his J.D. cum laude from California Western School of Law in San Diego, where he served as an associate writer for the law review. When not practicing law Andrew enjoys reading, mountain biking, snowboarding, and running.
Ari Basil-Wagner is the Director of Organizational Development at GOBHI and provides technical assistance for the Oregon Center on Behavioral Health and Justice Integration. She has an undergraduate degree in Social Work and a Master’s of Science in Planning, Public Policy, and Management with a concentration in program evaluation from the University of Oregon.
Her work includes assisting multidisciplinary teams with strategic planning in which she helps them define their work direction and develop plans to realize their objectives. She facilitates this work through strong abilities in analytics, change management, and team transformations
With a background in program evaluation, her work has focused on system improvements or reform in juvenile and adult corrections, health integration, behavioral health, public health, and senior services. Her research covers the span of process evaluation, outcome designs, and fiscal models of cost avoidance research. She is a co-author on the book, “Dispatches from Juvenile Hall: Fixing a Failing System,” Penguin 2009 (under previous name, Linda Wagner). Ari has also taught classes on the relationship between behavioral health issues and juvenile justice.
She provides statewide training on Sequential Intercept Mapping, Foundations of Trauma Informed Care, and How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice Responses.
Carol Speed has been with GOBHI since 2010 where she is currently the Criminal Justice Behavioral Health Manager with the Center on Behavioral Health & Justice Integration. In 2013 she completed Project Management at Portland State University Center of Executive and Professional Education. She is a SIM (Sequential Intercept Model) facilitator and a GAINS Center Trauma Informed Care trainer. Carol provides guidance and leadership in establishing and maintaining accountable systems of care with mental health and criminal justice partners. Prior to GOBHI she had worked with the Eastern Oregon Regional Crisis Program for 9 years, creating and sustaining collaborations with statewide partners to advocate sustainability of rural services. She is a graduate of the Ford Institute Leadership Foundation program, a voting member of Umatilla County’s LPSCC and has been a City Councilor for Athena, Oregon since 2008. She recently started working with PRA (Policy Research Associates) as an Expert Consultant. She is also an FBI Citizen Academy Alumni.
Chris Thomas has focused on the intersection between mental health and criminal justice for over 17 years. During undergraduate and graduate school, Chris co-developed and co-facilitated a group with females who were incarcerated at Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility for committing a violent crime. After graduate school, Chris worked for the Department of Corrections within a maximum security prison as a mental health specialist concentrating on a specialized caseload with individuals with serious and persistent mental health concerns, as well as crisis calls. When she moved into Release Counselor work, she carried the only specialized mental health and developmental disability caseload in the state. After over 7 years of working with incarcerated individuals within the walls of the Oregon State Penitentiary, Chris promoted into administration to coordinate Short-Term Transitional Leave (STTL), a statute-based justice reinvestment program designed to release eligible nonviolent offenders into early release structured post-prison supervision. Chris continued to bridge the gap between mental health and criminal justice as the Fitness to Proceed and Jail Diversion Coordinator for the Oregon Health Authority. Most recently, she supported evidenced-based practice while managing specialty (treatment) court and residential substance abuse treatment grants for the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. Chris joined GOBHI in January 2018 as a Behavioral Health Justice Manager. Chris is a GAINS Center Trauma Informed Care Trainer. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University.
Eilene Flory has worked in both inpatient and outpatient mental health units for more than 15 years. She eventually returned to school to study Criminal Justice and became an adult Parole and Probation Oﬃcer in Deschutes County. She managed a caseload of oﬀenders with mental health concerns. As a P.O., Eilene was a member of the Deschutes County CIT steering committee and eventually accepted a position as the Deschutes County CIT Coordinator. She joined GOBHI in March 2016
Henry O’Keeffe is Greater Oregon Behavioral Health Inc.’s In-House Counsel. Henry has held that position since June 2014. His responsibilities include providing legal advice to GOBHI’s Board of Directors and management team, overseeing GOBHI’s government and media relations, as well as providing a legal perspective on other matters on an as-needed basis.
Henry graduated in the top third of his class at Lewis and Clark Law School. While attending law school, Henry had an externship with the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and an internship with the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, where he worked on civil rights public policy at the state level. Prior to entering law school Henry worked as a Legislative Assistant for an Oregon State Senator and a Research Analyst for an administrative agency within the State of Oregon. Henry attended Eastern Oregon University, graduating with degrees in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and Anthropology/Sociology. Henry grew up on a fourth generation cattle ranch in south-central Oregon.
Janet L. Holland is the Integration Health Outcomes Director for GOBHI. Janet completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Portland State University. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2000. Janet’s background in the mental health field includes providing direct care across age spans with a focus on family systems. Janet has over 20 years of experience in administration and program development and oversite within the mental health field. This work encompassed nonprofits as well as county-run systems including United Way, The Boys and Girls Aid Society, Youth Contact, Douglas County Mental Health and Community Health Alliance. Janet served as the Community Mental Health Program Director in Douglas County, Oregon for eight years and Developmental Disabilities Director for two years. Based on her background and experience in the community mental health field, Janet joined GOBHI as an employee in 2016. She currently provides oversight and management for programs within GOBHI including the Oregon Center on Behavioral Health & Justice Integration. Janet has received certification to be a trainer from the GAINS Center for SIM (Sequential Intercept Model) as well a Trauma Informed Care Trainer. She is an FBI Citizen Academy Alumni.
Thomas C. Peachey has practiced law in the Columbia River Gorge for four decades. He is the principal shareholder in Peachey and Myers, P.C. in The Dalles. He is a highly experienced trial attorney in general civil litigation, real estate disputes, probate administration, and personal injury law. Mr. Peachey also serves as an arbitrator in Oregon’s Seventh Judicial District and formerly served as the City of The Dalles Municipal Judge. In that capacity he established the only Mental Health Court in the Columbia River Gorge and has lectured around the state concerning this court and its many benefits to the local community. Tom earned his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law. He currently serves on the Oregon State Bar’s Board of Governors serving the Eastern Oregon Region. When not using his skills in the state legal community he can be found fly fishing, drift boating, cross-country skiing and with his family.