Oregon Community Circles of Support (OCCS) is an innovative educational and mental health program designed to support military service members, veterans, and their families in their communities. The program fills a major gap in services by addressing the psycho-educational, emotional and support needs of veterans’ families. A coalition that includes the Oregon Military Family Program, Oregon National Guard Military Department, Willamette Family, Inc., the Veteran’s Administration, and a variety of local affiliates that serve veterans, supports OCCS. This initiative complements, but does not supplant other currently operating programs for Veterans and their families within the State of Oregon.
The key components of OCCS include:
- Specialized Group Intervention: Educating service members, veterans, and their family members about the impact of stress on relationships; teaching conflict management and communication strategies; and improving individual and relationship functioning.
- Peer-to-Peer Support Network: Providing space for community building and mutual support between partners and family members, as well as referrals for additional services and opportunities.
- Service Provider Trainings: Educating providers on specific service needs of veterans and their families; training providers
in specialized interventions, assessment tools and trauma-informed service provision; and providing consultation and training in specialized group intervention.
- Community Awareness Campaign: Educating the broader community on the experiences of veterans and their families; and creating an integrated, community-wide network of support for veterans and their families.
Oregon Community Circles of Support (OCCS): (541) 343-2993