Our Services

The OCA was created to provide a voice within state government for people with serious mental illness and parents of children with serious emotional disorders. It is a contact for people primarily by phone, email and social media regarding issues and challenges around serious mental illness and serious emotional disorders. The OCA provides education, awareness and training opportunities through the website, social media and in-person. The OCA also has a statewide advisory committee made up of peers and parents that meets regularly and provides feedback to the state.


Currently, OCA is asking visitors to complete a short  survey for us. This survey is to gather data from across the state about what community based mental health services are being accessed, the barriers to access services, and what services are needed.


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