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The CHD Story
As we reflect on our organization's development this past decade or two, we are rich in experience! CHD emerged from a decade of consolidation within Union County government, where public health, mental health, alcohol and drug, and veterans services departments were combined, to a thriving non-profit corporation working in the public interest.

During the 1980's, the county commissioners realized that an economy of scale could be created through consolidation of county departments. David Still, Union County's Health Administrator, and all of the CHD staff at the time, thought and worked beyond the economics of this situation. They created visions of "one-stop shopping" and a continuum of care and services that could be delivered, above what is publicly mandated.

Since 1991, CHD has weathered the tides of ballot measures and various business ventures; the advent of managed care and the turn over of HMO contracts; privatization from county government; staff growth from 43 to approx. 100 employees; implementation of a team management approach; quality improvements and learning philosophies which embrace change; formation of a provider-owned managed care company (Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc.-GOBHI); expansion (and contraction) of various direct services; more volume and diversity of consumers; and on and on.....

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In order to receive government funding, the Center for Human Development, Inc. (CHD) is required by state and county policies  to charge for services it provides to the public.  However no one will be denied clinical services because of an inability to pay.  CHD does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, family status, age or disability.  For further information on this policy contact Human Relations, 541-962-8811 or TTY 1-800-735-2900 or 711.

The Center for Human Development, Inc. is a Tobacco-Free Zone.  Oregon law prohibits the use of all tobacco products in CHD buildings and on CHD property. 
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