OCD Oregon is an affiliate of the International OCD Foundation. Established in January, 2017, OCD Oregon was created to increase awareness, education, and provide resources to those who live with OCD. As an affiliate of IOCDF, OCD Oregon promotes inclusiveness among those with OCD and their family members. The board of directors is made up of individuals who have lived with OCD, expert clinicians in Oregon, and other mental health professionals.
OCD Oregon has had a busy summer! In June, we hosted our first official event with a 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Portland that was an enormous success! We raised nearly $5,600 during the event and had over 90 attendees participate in the Walk. This summer it was also brought to our attention that a large Portland-based healthcare organization recently decided to eliminate OCD coverage from its health plan. Our board is currently assessing the legality and ethical implications of this very concerning decision. Many of our board members were able to attend the IOCDF’s Annual OCD Conference in San Francisco. They enjoyed meeting with other affiliate representatives and returned to Oregon full of ideas and enthusiasm. Currently we are planning OCD week activities, focusing on outreach, building community, and working to increase access to services. We continue to develop our website and social media presence through our Instagram page — check them out!