ColumbiaCare has extensive history and experience in designing, developing, and operating residential treatment facilities in Oregon and Idaho, and has a proven track record of providing quality services that produce positive outcomes for residents, safety for residents and community members, and positive professional relationships with partnering agencies and communities. The current principals of ColumbiaCare collectively have over 60 years of combined experience, and prior to forming ColumbiaCare, operated a comprehensive community mental health program.
Since forming ColumbiaCare Services in 2003, the company has designed, developed, and is now operating over 50 residential programs, including 24 licensed treatment programs providing 24-hour residential services to people with a primary diagnosis of mental illness, and 27 Supportive/Supported Housing programs with more in development and.or under construction.
In addition to residential and housing services, ColumbiaCare offers Intensive Community-Based Services including Intensive Case Management, Hospital Assessment & Diversion, Post-Hospital Follow-Up, and Crisis Programming. Lower level community-based services include Rental Assistance Programming, Outpatient Services in a community clinic setting (holding certificates of approval to provide outpatient services in 37 separate locations), Supported Education & Employment, Representative Payee Services, and Peer Support. To read more about what sets ColumbiaCare apart, please click here The ColumbiaCare Difference. For more information about all of our programs and services, please visit ColumbiaCare's website at www.columbiacare.org.
For many years, ColumbiaCare has had the privilege of contracting and coordinating with multiple agencies in various locations to establish service linkages and advocate for the treatment needs of clients. The personal success stories of our clients and the positive impact our programs reflects our ability to meet the needs of of individuals, agencies, and communities.
>> ColumbiaCare was chosen as one of Oregon Business 100 Best Companies in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.
>> ColumbiaCare is licensed to operate Residential Treatment Homes and Facilities for Adults with Mental Illnesses in 8 Oregon counties (Clackamas, Coos, Curry, Lane, Morrow, Multnomah, Umatilla, and Wasco) with the State of Oregon Addictions and Mental Health Division.
>> ColumbiaCare has developed and is operating the first Supportive Housing program and respite bed for the State of Idaho Mental Health Services, Region V.
>> ColumbiaCare is an approved Community Rehabilitation Provider of high fidelity Supported Employment Services in Portland and Medford, OR with the State of Oregon Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and State of Oregon Addictions and Mental Health Division.
>> ColumbiaCare is licensed to provide Secure Transportation Services with the State of Oregon.
>> ColumbiaCare has developed a Center for Suicide Prevention, which offers consultation, training and curricula development services with the goal of creating suicide-safer communities. ColumbiaCare also sponsors ASIST and RESPONSE programs.
>> ColumbiaCare has expanded our residential and affiliated behavioral health services programs to meet the specific needs of Veterans. ColumbiaCare is working in coordination with the Veterans Health Administration, other non-profits, local government agencies, and private therapists to provide Veterans Suicide Prevention, Veterans Crisis Intervention and Stabilization, and Veterans Supported Housing & Case Management Services in Oregon and Washington.
>> ColumbiaCare is a founding member (since 2009) of the Oregon Residential Provider Association, working in partnership with other residential treatment providers to ensure that community-based treatment stays an integral part of the Oregon Mental Health System of Care and that these services are delivered with quality and promote recovery and independence for each individual under our care. For more information, please visit www.oregonrpa.org.
>> ColumbiaCare is a proud member and sponsor of NAMI in every community we provide services. Sheryl Peterson, ColumbiaCare Health Services Director and Dr. George Fussell, Medical Director serve on the Oregon NAMI Board, and ColumbiaCare employees participate in NAMI fundraising activities whenever possible. For more information about NAMI, please visit www.nami.org.
>> ColumbiaCare is a one third partner (along with ACCESS and Addictions Recovery Center) in the newly formed Blue Sky LLC. The Blue Sky partnership was formed to bring together a continuum of care that would be available specifically to Veterans and includes short-term mental health crisis resolution/respite with on- site alcohol and drug detoxification for adults, short stay residential substance abuse treatment, transitional housing and permanent affordable housing for persons with disabilities and seniors.
>> ColumbiaCare is the cornerstone provider of outpatient services for adult Jackson Care Connect Members in Jackson County.
In addition to the experienced executive and administrative staff mentioned above, ColumbiaCare recruits, hires and retains skilled, qualified and professional employees to work in residential facilities. Individuals under our employment include medical and mental health professionals such as Psychiatrists, Qualified Mental Health Professionals (Master’s Level therapists), Nurses, and Qualified Mental Health Associates (Bachelor’s Level or combined education and experience in psychology or related field). We also employ/contract with individuals with specific skills that benefit a particular resident population and the community such as former law enforcement professionals. Staffing levels are based on the type of facility and the resident population and typically exceed state requirements. ColumbiaCare currently has employs close to 500 people.
ColumbiaCare provides ongoing training for employees as it directly relates to the quality of the staff and the quality of skills they bring to their work. It’s in everyone’s best interest that our staff be knowledgeable, confident and competent in their job performance and provide excellent care to our residents. The ColumbiaCare Training Program not only meets but exceeds state requirements. This program includes both pre-service and in-service training. For more about ColumbiaCare's training programs, please click here on our Training Program Brochure.
As already stated, ColumbiaCare staff has been involved in providing residential services for many years, for many people--and we have an excellent safety track record. Robert Beckett, ColumbiaCare’s Executive Director, originally developed one of the longest running Secure Residential Treatment Facilities in the State (14 years).
Former Josephine County Sheriff Gil Gilbertson stated, “A search of our records from 1995 indicate that there have been no incidents in Josephine County relating to residents of a secure residential facility harming citizens. As many Jails throughout Oregon have seen an increase in offenders with mental illnesses, the Hugo Hills Facility has proven to be an asset to this community.”
Former Coos County Sheriff Andy Jackson stated, “The purpose of this letter is to show my support for ColumbiaCare Services, Inc. and the PSRB program/facility that is located in Coos County. There is a real need for the support of the mentally ill and ColumbiaCare Services has been providing much of that support. Coos County has a long working history with the two facilities that ColumbiaCare operates. The two facilities are the Coos Crisis Resolution Center in Coos Bay an the Cedar Bay residential treatment house in North Bend. In reviewing our records there has not been any serious criminal activity as a result of these facilities being located in Coos County. ColumbiaCare Services Inc. has been a great community partner in working with the mentally ill and I have found that the administrative staff have been easy to work with. they are committed to keeping the community and their clients safe. I feel that I have a good working relationship with ColumbiaCare Services Inc and have been briefed on the operations of Cedar Bay. In my opinion, I believe the community is safe with this PSRB facility being managed under the current policies and procedures…”
This is an example of the success, not only ColumbiaCare has, but that other providers have experienced as they provide similar, high-quality services. (Hugo Hills Secure Residential Facility in Josephine County is currently being managed by Options for Southern Oregon)