New Volunteer Opportunities: Community Health, Mental Health and Addictions & Water Environment Services

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Clackamas County Commissioners are seeking interested residents to serve on county Advisory Boards and Commissions (ABCs). These ABCs offer residents the opportunity to become very involved in specific activities and the goals of Clackamas County. 

Individuals interested in this opportunity can apply online or via a paper form that can be obtained from the Public & Government Affairs Department by calling 503-655-8751 or in person at the Public Services Building at 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City.    

New ABC openings from the past week include:

Clackamas Community Health Council

The Council currently has openings for 10 additional members. The Council oversees operations, budgets, and quality measures at the Health Centers clinics throughout the county. Per federal requirements, the Council must be composed of a majority of patient members, therefore current patients (or their guardians) will be given priority to join the Council to maintain compliance. The Council conducts business through public meetings that are held from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm on the third Wednesday of each month in the County’s Development Services Building in Oregon City. Note: Due to COVID-19, meetings are held in a virtual format until further notice.

Council members are not required to have expertise in healthcare, but should be interested in improving the quality of care and patient experience in the Health Centers. Council members should be comfortable working with a diverse group of people and willing to reach consensus on various topics and make recommendations to Health Centers Leadership and the Board of County Commissioners. Individuals who represent all geographic areas and demographics are highly valued by the Council.

Application deadline is July 31. For more information, contact Samantha Hatfield at shatfield@clackamas.us.

Mental Health and Addiction Council

This council has 10 openings, each of which carries a three-year term. The council advises commissioners and the county Behavioral Health Director on community needs, gaps in services, barriers and priorities related to providing mental health and substance use services (including education, prevention and treatment), review grant proposals or other funding requests for state funds as required by ORS 430.350, and other grant requests as feasible, and provide a link to the community at large through advocacy, public information, and education. 

This council has ten (10) meetings that are scheduled each year on the fourth Tuesday of the month (no meetings in March/December) from 4:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m. These meetings will be held both virtually via Zoom and in person as space allows. Meeting are held at our Clackamas County Mental Health Crisis Clinic at 11211 SE 82nd Ave, Suite O, Happy Valley, OR 97086. Individuals or parents/guardians of children or teens receiving mental health or substance use services are encouraged to apply. More on MHAC can be found at www.clackamas.us/behavioralhealth/council.html. 

As a council, we are looking for members that are representative of the county’s diverse populations and ideally will represent different ethnicities, religious beliefs, geographic locations, socioeconomic statuses, physical abilities, career experiences, educational backgrounds and/or other diversity and be able to participate consistently. 

The application deadline is July 30. For more information, please contact Natalie Spilman at natalienpi@clackamas.us or 503-742-5924.

Water Environment Services Advisory Committee

This commission will have one vacancy, carrying a three-year term.  The twenty one-member commission provides input and makes recommendations on surface water and wastewater issues to Water Environment Services (WES) and the Board of County Commissioners (BCC).  Additionally, the committee:

  • Provides a forum for coordinating, learning, understanding and gathering input on surface water and wastewater plans, policies, rules and regulations, fees, and projects;
  • Reviews, discusses and makes recommendations on proposed operational and multi-zone capital improvements to the region's surface water and wastewater treatment systems, master plans, investment strategies and capital projects; and
  • Advises on and supports implementation of educational and public engagement strategies on issues relating to wastewater services, bio-solids management, surface water management, watershed health, erosion control and other related topics.

Ideally, members will have experience and/or background in wastewater management, watershed health and restoration, economic development, and/or surface water.  Members must reside or work within the WES service area.

WES serves the cities of Gladstone, Happy Valley, Johnson City, Milwaukie, Oregon City, West Linn, and the communities of unincorporated Clackamas County.

Committee membership includes:

  • 6 ratepayers from cities within the service area
  • 2 ratepayers from the unincorporated portion of

Clackamas County who reside within the service area

  • 6 elected officials
  • 2 environmental representatives
  • 2 members of the development community
  • 2 business owners or managers from service area
  • 1 representative from the City of Milwaukie 

The following seat on the committee is open for recruitment with a term that runs from July 15, 2021, through December 31, 2024 (three-year term):

  • 1 member of the development community that works within the WES Service area

Application deadline is July 15.  For more information, contact Lauren Haney at lhaney@clackamas.us or 503-313-4243.