MHAAO is an inclusive peer-run organization dedicated to self-direction honoring the voice of lived experience.


MHAAO's Vision:

MHAAO is committed to promoting self-directed recovery and wellness for all individuals. We honor lived experiences. We support people wherever they are on their journey, free from judgment, or agenda.

We support these aims through education, advocacy, recovery, peer services, training, technical assistance, community collaboration, and through developing the peer workforce and leadership.


MHAAO's Core Values:

  • We at MHAAO believe that all individuals who experience mental health and/or addiction challenges can recover and that recovery, its journey and process, is unique to the individual.

  • We believe that recipients of our services have the right and the ability to make decisions for themselves about what supports they would prefer to receive and the directions they wish to explore.

  • We believe the role of any MHAAO team member regardless of position, is not to infringe on the choices made by the individuals we serve, but to offer support toward mutually agreed upon goals and to offer feedback or possible options and resources, as requested by those individuals.

All programs and services offered by MHAAO as well as how MHAAO team members communicate with one another and outside providers shall be guided by these core values.


Mental Health & Addiction Association of Oregon has existed in some form for more than 35 years. Just prior to 2001, MHAAO had become a program at Oregon Advocacy Center.


Mental Health Association of Oregon received a bequest that allowed it the ability to organize as an independent nonprofit once again.  

Its primary activities were systems advocacy.


MHAO awarded first round of funding for the Oregon Consumer/
Survivor Network.


Mental Health Association of Oregon changed its name to Mental Health America of Oregon


MHAO won two awards from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
Project OPEN and Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center.


MHAO hosted its first Peerpocalypse conference.

MHAO expanded its services to include Peer Directed Services

Mental Health America of Oregon changed its name to Mental Health Association of Oregon

Mental Health Association of Oregon changed its name to Mental Health & Addiction Association of Oregon to be more inclusive of all types of addiction and to reflect the full scope of the services MHAAO has been providing through their Peer Directed Services programs.