The Mental Health and Addiction Certification Board of Oregon (formerly ACCBO) was founded in 1977 with the mission of certifying behavioral health professionals through competency-based evaluation of education, experience, and exams. The Board utilizes autonomous professional psychometric examinations through CES (Comprehensive Examination Services), NAADAC (National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors) and the IC&RC (International Certification Reciprocity Consortium). The primary purpose of certification is an assurance that behavioral health workers have met minimum standards of competence, are ethically accountable to the general public at-large, and have contemporary knowledge evidenced through continuing education.
Representing Polk County
A board member since October 2009, and elected as President in June 2016, Mark Davis is a Lead Addictions Counselor at Polk County Behavioral Health.
Johnnie is Director of the Stay Clean Community Recovery Center, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Miracles Club.
Julia is a Clinical Supervisor with Volunteers of America, and also serves as Secretary of the Miracles Board of Directors.
Joes is the Director of New Horizons, a bilingual outpatient program in Hermiston, Oregon.
Dr. Brandsma is the SUD Service Manager for GOBHI, a coordinated care organization managing most of eastern Oregon.
Debra is Director of Multicultural Consultants, contracted to manage an array of behavioral health service programs within the Oregon Department of Corrections.
Board member since 2012, Scott is the former Residential Director for the Native American Rehabilitation Association Inc.
Bob has been a board member since April 2015 and is a committed member of the recovery community with 17 plus years of recovery. Bob is a Clinical Director with New Directions NW in Baker City.
In her role as Director of OPERA, Heather represents all of Oregon. Heather was previously the Treatment Court Coordinator for Clackamas County.
In his role as Vice-President of Clinical Services at Lifeworks NW, Dr. Lewinsohn manages services delivered throughout northwest Oregon. Dr. Lewinsohn also serves on the Board of Directors for Clackamas County NAMI.
A board member since 2005, Tanya has been serving in the field of addictions for over 30 years. Tanya is the Clinical Director of YES House and Milestones Residential Treatment in Corvallis.
Andrea is a behavioral health care manager with the BCN Coordinated Care Organization, and also serves on the Institute of Addiction Studies Board of Directors.
Dr. Staten is the Quality Officer for Cascadia BHC, managing services in the Portland Tri-county area.
Aja is the Chief Clinical Officer for the Addictions Recovery Center in Medford, Oregon.
Voted into the board in October 2010, serving as Vice President 2015-2017, Keith is the Clinical Supervisor for the Powerhouse residential addiction treatment program in Umatilla County.
Amy serves as the Director of Umatilla County Human Services.
Lana is the Program Manager for Adult Mental Health and Addictions Treatment Services with Marion County Health and Human Services Department.
Director of Administration, Finance & Technology
A staff member since 2009, Van graduated with a CPA eligilbe Bachelors degree in Accounting from The University of Mississippi. Van is a person in long term recovery from addiction. Van is Oregon's national representative on the Finance Committee of the IC&RC (International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium) and also serves at the Board Treasurer for the 4th Dimension Recovery Center.
A staff member since 2008, Michael holds a Masters degree in Public Health and is a person in long-term recovery from mental health & addiction. Michael has served on many non-profit boards, including the Ambassador's Council for Our House, Hands Accross the Bridge, and is a member of OCASE (Oregon Consortium of Addiction Studies Educators). Michael is Russian, Middle Eastern, and Tarahumura Native American and works dillegently in MHACBO's efforts to address disparity in the behavioral health workforce.
A board member and staff member since 1988, Eric is the Executive Director Emeritus of MHACBO (ACCBO) and a person in long term recovery from mental health & addiction. Eric currently serves as a policy advisor, ethics investigation manager and legislative liaison for MHACBO. Eric was an adjunct faculty member with the University of Oregon for 20 years and is a faculty mentor with Portland State University. Eric is Director of the MetroPlus Association of Addiction Peer Professionals, and is a board member/consultant with the NW Instituto Latino de Adicciones, the Miracles Club, Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery, OR-Recovers, and the 4th Dimension Youth Recovery Center.
Karen has been a staff member with MHACBO since 2016. Karen is a person in long term recovery from addiction. Karen has been an licensed nurse, addiction counselor, supervisor and clinical director with various Oregon & Washington addiction treatment programs for the past 35 years. Karen brings a wealth of clinical, administrative, supervisory, medical and legal experience to her position as a Senior Ethics Investigator.
Brian has been with our agency since 1992. Brian's expertise includes certification technical assistance, web communications, database management, and postal regulations. Brian is our longest standing employed staff member.
"Brooks has been serving MHACBO as an office assistant since 2017. Brooks holds a B.A. in Music from Azusa Pacific. He enjoys composing music, and discovering local restaurants."
Kristi joined ACCBO in 2018 as a Certification Specialist and has worked as both an addictions counselor and clinical supervisor for the last six years. Prior to joining the addictions field, Kristi worked as an accountant for 15 years. In June of 2018, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice form Portland State University. Kristi also serves on the advisory board for the Mental Health, Social Service and Addictions Counseling Program at Mt. Hood Community College.
Michael joined ACCBO in 2018 as a Certification Specialist and has previously worked as a certified recovery mentor. Michael was certified as a CRM in 2015, and began his work a volunteer mentor for 4th Dimension Recovery Center, and then for Bridges to Change at Clackamas County's Transition Center. Michael also earned a transfer degree from Portland Community College and is currently pursuing a BA in Psychology.