Benton, Linn Counties

Behavioral Health Specialist

Helen Beaman, MSW LCSW

Helen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She has over 20 years of experience in the medical, social and human service fields. She now serves as the Older Adult Behavioral Health Specialist for Linn and Benton communities, working to increase behavioral health services, the quality of those services, and the access for older adults and people with disabilities to behavioral health care and support services. Prior to her current role, she was the first Social Worker to integrate into the Primary Care setting within Samaritan Health Services. Within the Samaritan system she worked on the integration process on a macro level, and was involved in ongoing policy and program development for the Behavioral Health team.

Within her family practice clinic she provided individual and group psychotherapy, psychoeducational groups, case management, and patient advocacy. Further, she served as liaison between the health care system, Linn County Mental Health, and Senior & Disability Services to ensure comprehensive and collaborative care. Before Samaritan, she served as a Child and Family Therapist for the New Solutions team with Linn County Mental Health, and also worked on their ACT Team to provide wrap-around services to clients with persistent mental illness. Her areas of professional interest include social justice, the destigmatization of mental illness, and working to increase access to services for underserved populations. She lives in Salem and enjoys hiking, yoga, reading, and hanging out with her pets.

County Profiles

Benton, Lincoln, & Linn Counties

Lincoln County has the highest percentage of adults age 65 and older compared to Benton, Linn, and Oregon overall. Benton County has the lowest percentage of rural-dwelling population compared to Linn and Lincoln counties. It is similar to Oregon overall.

  • Lincoln and Linn counties have a lower ratio of primary and mental health care providers than Oregon overall.
  • Benton County has a higher ratio of primary and mental health care providers than Oregon overall.
  • Lincoln and Linn counties have a higher percentage of severe housing problems compared to Oregon overall. Benton County has a lower percentage compared to the state.

Medicare Fact Sheets

  • Total Medicare Beneficiaries: 46,739
  • Medicare Traditional / Fee-for-Service: 23,120
  • Medicare Advantage (MA): 23,619