Welcome to Empowerment Initiatives

Empowerment Initiatives is a cutting edge non-profit organization run by people with mental health diagnoses for people with mental health diagnoses. We opened our doors in April of 2004 and our first year of services was funded by the Real Choice Systems Change Grant.  We became an independent non-profit (501(c) 3) in January of 2005. Our programs are founded on the Four Principles of Self-Determination: Freedom, Authority, Responsibility, and Support.

If you have any questions about services, advocacy needs or support, please send a message to Kristi Jamison, Executive Director, using our contact page.

Mission & Values

The Empowerment Initiatives Mission

To be a catalyst providing individuals with mental health diagnoses opportunities for choice and development of personal goals, using the four principles of self determination.

Our Values

  • People are the masters of their own lives.  Each individual has the power and responsibility for self-healing.
  • People gain independence through self-discovery by making personal choices free from coercion.
  • Self-discovery includes the freedom to make mistakes and to learn from one’s personal journey.
  • The community has the responsibility to broaden horizons and break down barriers to include all people.  Inclusion means that the civil rights of all citizens are respected.
  • Change is possible for individuals in society.  Hope is powerful.

Peer Support Model

Description of peer support model: Peer Delivered Services is a growing model in the fields of mental health, substance abuse treatment and corrections. It is strongly supported by the Oregon Addictions and Mental Health Services Division. In Clackamas County, the Peer Delivered Services Steering Committee is working to integrate it into county services.

The Oregon Addictions and Mental Health Services Division (AMH) defines Peer Delivered Services as “an array of agency or community-based services and supports provided by peers, and peer support specialists, to individuals or family members with similar lived experience, that are designed to support the needs of individuals and families as applicable.”

Empowerment Initiatives believes that that elimination and/or successful management of mental health symptoms is only the first step in mental health recovery.  We see true recovery as a result of creating a productive, integrated life where mental health challenges are only one part of a person’s identity. Peer delivered services are designed to support and assist people in achieving a healthy lifestyle. As such they are not clinical treatment, but can be supportive of treatment and help reduce crises and achieve better outcomes, kept appointments and medication compliance (or reduced need for medication.)

Read more: Peer Support Model


Empowerment Initiatives
PO Box 30596
Portland, OR 97294

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Sometimes, instead of therapy, we just need a friendly person to listen and care about what we're going through. Peer counselors are available free to all Oregon residents.

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Empowerment Initiatives
PO Box 30596
(503) 249-1413
FAX: (503) 282-1554