United We Heal

Behavioral health workers are building political power in Oregon. They’re pushing state legislators to adopt policies and programs to benefit the people they serve.

AFSCME is the union for 50,000 professionals in the behavioral health industry in 29 states across the country, and more are joining every day.

Shawn Dougherty is a correctional substance abuse counselor at the Carl Robinson Correctional Institution in Connecticut. He is also a member of AFSCME Local 391 (Council 4). On Tuesday, he testified on Capitol Hill about the need for lawmakers to fund the Loan Repayment Program for Substance Abuse Treatment Workers.
The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill to allow Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) in Oregon and Oklahoma to continue operating through at least June.

Congress has created a program which provides up to six years of student loan repayments for full-time behavioral health care workers — now we need to push for full funding. Sign our petition!