FolkTime Peer Support Specialists are individuals who offer hope and empathy,
having experienced similar journeys through life.

In 2012, FolkTime joined with Clackamas County to provide Peer Support Specialists in three clinics, Clackamas Mental Health Center (CMHC), Stewart Center and Hilltop Center. We later joined the team at the Sandy Health Center.

What does Peer Support look like at our clinics?

Each relationship looks a little bit different. We meet each peer where they are physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. The services are entirely voluntary and can be terminated at any time by the peer or the peer support person; peer relationships are meant to be mutual.

Peers primarily meet with individuals in the community, hanging out at home, or meeting in a peer lounge at the county clinics. Meetings can include activities such watching movies, hiking in nature, picnics, gaming, connecting through conversation, or simply sitting with the person. The person receiving peer support directs the relationship and how it moves forward.

We can also support our peers by being present for phone calls, meetings, appointments, or other situations where support would be helpful. In addition, some of our clinics have other resources such as a small clothes closet, showers, and laundry. Check-in with our locations to see what you can access!

How do you access a peer at our clinics?

Clackamas Mental Health Center (CMHC)

Clackamas Mental Health Center (CMHC) provides crisis response to anyone living in Clackamas County who wants urgent mental health care regardless of ability to pay or insurance plan.

There are many pathways to accessing peer support through CMHC:

  • Walk-in;
  • Call Clackamas County’s crisis line;
  • Have Contact with the Clackamas’ Mobile Crisis Response Team; or
  • Clackamas County residents can self-refer exclusively for peer support at any time.
Call the main phone line to be connected directly to a peer staff, or leave a message.  Cell phone numbers are also available to reach our peer staff directly.
Hours of operation:
Monday  – Friday  9:00 AM – 7 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 7 PM

Peer Staff Available: Monday  – Saturday 9 AM – 5:30 PM

Address: Ross Center near Clackamas Town Center 11211 SE 82nd Ave., Suite O Happy Valley, 97080

Front Office Line: 503-722-6200

Mobile Crisis Response Team (CMHC)

The Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) is a new branch of services operating out of CMHC. Two peer support staff partner with mental health professionals, including case managers, to do community outreach to individuals experiencing a crisis – in whatever manner the crisis may appear. The team’s purpose is to reduce the frequency of calls to 911 and reduce the need for a person to access higher levels of care, such as jail or other institutions. These crisis outreach peers, alongside their clinical partners, are filling a significant gap in mental health services provided in Clackamas County. Through this outreach, peers have made connections and built meaningful, supportive peer relationships with members of our community. MCRT peer specialists provide on-site support and walk alongside our peers while doing short-term follow-ups.

Stewart & Hilltop Behavioral Health Centers

Our peers work in an outpatient setting alongside the clinical teams in the Clackamas county behavioral health clinics at Stewart Community Center and Hilltop Behavioral Health. A person is referred to peer support by a treatment team member, often a therapist or case manager. FolkTime provides peer support in various settings, from the clinic itself, in community-based locations like coffee shops, while out on walks, and more.

Hilltop clinic has a child and family team that we work with to provide peer support to youth 13 to 18 years of age.

Stewart Behavioral Health Center

Hours of operation:
Monday  – Friday  8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

1002 Library Ct.,
Oregon City, OR 97045

Front Office Line: 503-655-8264

Hilltop Behavioral Health Clinic

Hours of operation:
Monday  – Friday  8:00 AM – 6:30 PM

998 Library Ct.,
Oregon City, 97045

Front Office Line: 503-655-8401

Sandy Behavioral Health Center

FolkTime provides peer support in the rural areas of Clackamas through the Sandy Behavioral Health Center. You don’t have to live in Sandy to access our peers.

Hours of operation:
Monday  – Thursday 8:00 AM – 6 PM

Address: 38872 Proctor Blvd., Sandy, OR 97055

Front Office Line: 503-722-6200

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