Oregon Oregon Health Authority, Health Systems Division: Medical Assistance Programs

Rule Rule 410-180-0305
Definitions


The following definitions apply to OAR 410-180-0300 (Purpose) through 410-180-0380 (THW and Training Program Complaints and Investigations):
(1) “Authority” means the Oregon Health Authority.
(2) “Authority Approved Training Program” means an organization that provides an education in the core curriculum that meets Authority standards for one or more types of traditional health workers and is approved by the Authority to train those types of traditional health workers.
(3) “Birth Doula” means a birth companion who provides personal, nonmedical support to women and families throughout a woman’s pregnancy, childbirth, and post-partum experience.
(4) “Birth Doula Certification Organization” means an entity nationally or internationally recognized for training and certifying birth doulas whose educational requirements includes the core curriculum topics described in these rules.
(5) “Community-Based Organization (CBO)” means a public or private nonprofit organization that is representative of a community or significant segments of a community and engaged in meeting that community’s needs in the areas of social, human, or health services.
(6) “Community Health Worker” has the meaning given that term in ORS 414.025 (Definitions for ORS chapters 411, 413 and 414).
(7) “Contact Hour” means an hour of classroom, group, or distance learning training. Contact hour does not include homework time, preparatory reading, or practicum.
(8) “Competencies” mean key skills and applied knowledge necessary for THWs to be effective in the work field and carry out their roles.
(9) “Equivalent Credit” means an individual fulfills the requirements of a course or combination of courses by completing a relatively comparable course or combination of courses.
(10) “Family Support Specialist” means an individual who meets qualification criteria adopted under ORS 414.665 (Traditional health workers utilized by coordinated care organizations) and may be either a peer support specialist or a peer wellness specialist who, based on similar life experiences, provides support services to and has experience parenting a child who:
(a) Is a current or former consumer of mental health or addiction treatment; or
(b) Is facing or has faced difficulties in accessing education, health, and wellness services due to mental health or behavioral health barriers.
(11) “Grandfathered Traditional Health Worker” means an individual certified before June 30, 2019, by the Authority as a result of their prior work experience and fulfillment of all additional requirements for grandfathering as set forth in these rules.
(12) “Means Counseling” means the use of individual or family, in case of a child, strategies designed to reduce the access by an individual who is at an elevated risk for suicide to lethal means, including but not limited to firearms. Application of terms is in ORS 743A.168 (Treatment of chemical dependency, including alcoholism, and mental or nervous conditions) and OAR 836-053-1403 (Definitions of Coordinated Care and Case Management for Behavioral Health Care Services) (7).
(13) “Peer Support Specialist” means an individual providing services to another individual who shares a similar life experience with the peer support specialist (addiction to addiction, mental health condition to mental health condition, family member of an individual with a mental health condition to family member of an individual with a mental health condition. A peer support specialist shall be:
(a) A self-identified individual currently or formerly receiving addictions or mental health services;
(b) A self-identified individual in recovery from an addiction disorder who meets the abstinence requirements for recovering staff in alcohol or other drug treatment programs;
(c) A self-identified individual in recovery from problem gambling.
(14) “Peer Wellness Specialist” has the meaning given that term in ORS 414.025 (Definitions for ORS chapters 411, 413 and 414).
(15) “Personal Health Navigator” has the meaning given that term in ORS 414.025 (Definitions for ORS chapters 411, 413 and 414).
(16) “Registry” means a list maintained by the Authority of traditional health workers certified under these rules.
(17) “Safety Planning” means a process of implementation of a document developed through a collaborative process in which the provider assisted the individual and family, in case of a child, that identified strategies to prevent suicide, overdose, or psychiatric emergency when the risk is elevated or following a period of crisis. Application of terms is in ORS 743A.168 (Treatment of chemical dependency, including alcoholism, and mental or nervous conditions) and OAR 836-053-1403 (Definitions of Coordinated Care and Case Management for Behavioral Health Care Services) (13).
(18) “THW Applicant” means an individual who applies to the Authority for traditional health worker certification.
(19) “Traditional Health Worker (THW)” means a community health worker, peer wellness specialist, personal health navigator, peer support specialist, or birth doula not otherwise regulated or certified by the State of Oregon.
(20) “Training Program Applicant” means an organization or entity that applies for Authority approval of its training program and curricula for any of the traditional health worker types.
(21) “Verifiable Evidence” means a pay statement, services contract, student practicum, volunteer time log, or other documentation reflecting hours worked or volunteered.
(22) “Youth Support Specialist” means an individual who meets qualification criteria adopted under ORS 414.665 (Traditional health workers utilized by coordinated care organizations) and may be either a peer support specialist or a peer wellness specialist and who, based on a similar life experience, provides supportive services to an individual who:
(a) Is not older than 30 years old, and
(b) Is a current or former consumer of mental health or addiction treatment; or
(c) Is facing or has faced difficulties in accessing education, health, and wellness services due to mental health or behavioral health barriers.
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