Oregon Supported Employment Peer Collaborative (OSEPC)

The Oregon Supported Employment Peer Collaborative (OSEPC) was formed in 2013 as an approach to blend the Oregon Peer movement with the principles and practices of the evidenced-based practice of Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Supported Employment (SE). The Peer collaborative blends a partnership between an Oregon Peer run agency and the OSECE in order to develop and provide ongoing training and technical assistance for mental health agencies moving toward incorporating Peer-delivered services on IPS Supported Employment teams. Joan Keenen, the lead of the Peer Collaborative, has partnered with the Mental Health Association of Oregon, who has designated Donita Diamata as the representative on the collaborative. Together they partner to provide the following:

  • Conduct monthly informational calls for IPS SE programs around the state, individuals identified as having interest in the peer movement and IPS SE and integration of Peer-delivered services on IPS SE teams;
  • Develop a comprehensive contact list of all behavioral health providers, IPS SE program supervisors and peers providing employment services, and all other interested leaders in Peer-delivered services around the state.
  • Conduct interest survey with IPS SE programs around the state;
  • Invite peer leaders from around the state to attend and participate in the OSECE annual conference;
  • Support IPS SE programs in development of IPS SE Peer provider job descriptions and boarding of IPS Peer providers;
  • Develop curriculum for IPS SE Peer provider training;
  • Conduct regional training at Peer focused conferences around the state;
  • Offer IPS SE Peer provider training and technical assistance to IPS SE programs.


IPS Peer Specialist Handbook

Contact Information

Joan Keenen

IPS Statewide Trainer

Oregon Supported Employment Center of Excellence




Donita Diamata

Mental Health Association of Oregon

10373 NE Hancock St. Suite 106

Portland, OR 97220



OSEPC Peer Collaborative Monthly Conference Call Schedule 2017-2018

The calls will be held on the second Monday of the month at 1:00PM PST.

Conference Participant:

  1. At the specified time, dial the Access Number 1-267-930-4000
  2. When prompted, enter the access code 370932361#

November 13, 2017

Topic: The Art of Telling Your Story

December 11, 2017

Topic: Engagement Strategies

January 8th 2018

Topic: Person-Centered Planning

February 12, 2018

Topic: WRAP plans for Job Readiness and Retention

March 12, 2018

Topic: Empathy and Encouragement

April 9, 2018

Topic: Helping People Consider Disclosure – Coming Out Proud

May 14, 2018

Topic: Recovery Leadership

June 11, 2018

Topic: Discover Resources

July 9, 2018

Topic: Benefits Planning

August 13, 2018

Topic: Principles of IPS Supported Employment

September 10, 2018

Topic: Person-Centered Language

October 8, 2018

Topic: Building Confidence