For information on the Initiative’s Structure, click here:
Initiative Fact Sheet
For information on the Initiative’s Progress, click here:
OABHS Data Summary 2017
For information on the Legislative Work Behind the Initiative, click here:
Legislative Work Group on OABH 2013 Report
Meet Your Older Adult Behavioral Health Specialist:
Helen Beaman, MSW LCSW
Mental Health Services Coordinator
Linn & Benton County
Helen is a Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She has over 17 years of experience in the medical, social and human service fields.
She accepted the position of Older Adult Behavioral Health Specialist for Linn & Benton Counties in the fall of 2016. Helen’s role is to be the voice and advocate for older adults and people with disabilities in every meeting she attends in order to push the agenda of creating and improving behavioral health services for these two vulnerable populations. Further, she serves as a liaison between the agencies who currently provide services for these target populations. Helen also delivers ongoing complex case consultation and regular trainings for many agencies and volunteer organizations as a vehicle for improving quality of service delivery.
Prior to her current role, she was the first social worker to integrate into the Primary Care setting within Samaritan Health Services. Within her family practice clinic she provided individual and group psychotherapy, psychoeducational groups, case management, and patient advocacy. Further, she acted as liaison between the health care system, the local mental health department, and Senior & Disability Services to ensure comprehensive and collaborative care.
Before Samaritan, she served as a Child and Family Therapist for the New Solutions team with Linn County Mental Health, and also worked on their ACT Team to provide wrap around services to clients with severe and persistent mental illness. Her areas of professional interest include social justice, the destigmatization of mental illness, and working to increase access to services for underserved populations.