Oregon Department of Human Services Director's Message
May 14, 2010 DHS Director's messages on the Web
To: All DHS employees
From: Bruce Goldberg, M.D., director

Changing vision, mission, goals and values

"The future is always beginning now."
~Mark Strand

Work continues to move forward quickly as we transition into two agencies: the Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority. This change is coming, and it's right on pace.

Teams have been working through the details of how our two agencies will be organized and governed in a way that allows them to meet their visions and missions, and maintain close connections and joint services.

While the separation won't be finalized until the new budget cycle begins in July 2011, the real changes have already started, and much will be complete by January. Here is just some of the work under way right now:

  • Staff and stakeholders are being asked to provide feedback on the agency's vision, mission, goals and values.
  • Separate agency budgets are being created for 2011-2013.
  • Administrative services such as human resources, contracting, communications, finance, budget, and other services are being reviewed to see what can and should be shared, and what services should be separated. Final recommendations are scheduled to be completed by the end of June.
  • At every level of each division and agency, programs are being reviewed to determine the effect and opportunities that will come with the separation.
  • The separate identities of the two departments are becoming more visible to employees, stakeholders, providers and partners.

I want to spend some time talking about the visions, missions, goals and values of the two agencies. They are currently in draft form and we are soliciting feedback from employees, stakeholders and all interested parties. These statements are important because they will help guide our work for years to come.

  • Our visions are the future we are aiming for.
  • Our missions are the purpose of our organizations.
  • Our goals are the specific ends we are seeking as part of our vision.
  • Our values are the manner in which we treat each other and our customers.

The draft DHS vision is "Safety, health and independence for all Oregonians."

The mission, goals and values will help guide the way we meet that vision. In the work to create a new DHS, the leadership at DHS, Children, Adults and Families Division, and Seniors and People with Disabilities have taken a closer look at the opportunities presented by more focused agency. You will see that while much of the language is familiar, there have also been some changes. They reflect how the new DHS will ensure that we are working at the local level with community partners to deliver services in the best way possible. I also want to point out that one of the values is "service excellence," which reflects the high level of dedication and client services that employees are striving for and meeting through the Transformation Initiative's continuous improvement work.

The draft OHA vision is "A healthy Oregon." The agencies and offices of OHA will be working in alignment to improve the lifelong health of all Oregonians, increase the quality, reliability and availability of health care for all Oregonians, and lower or contain the cost of health care so it is affordable to everyone.

If you have not already responded to an employee or stakeholder survey about the new DHS and OHA mission statements, please visit the Transition Web site to see the statements and take the surveys.

This is an exciting time. Together we are building the future of health and human services in Oregon and setting a new model of shared services between two closely aligned agencies. I hope you will take a moment to give us your feedback and we will keep you updated every step along the way.

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