Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson Counties
Behavioral Health Specialists
Angela Belew Jensen, LCSW
Angela Jensen is a licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years of experience. Twenty-five of those years have been spent in Central Oregon, immersing herself in the culture of the people and the places that make it such a unique area.
Her passion for seniors led her to hospice work, expanding bereavement services and community outreach to older adults while linking resources across the Central Oregon region. This in turn led her to become a part of the Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative (OABHI) where she provides complex case consultations to behavioral health and direct care service providers of older adults; and teaches the Teepa Snow method of Positive Approach to Care in an effort to support the lives of persons living with dementia and their care partners.
Angela has been instrumental in developing regional programming to directly benefit older adults such as the Central Oregon Friendship Line, the only nationally accredited warm-line that offers a call-out service for socially isolated older adults, people with physical disabilities, and their caregivers.
Efforts to build workforce capacity have resulted in the creation of the “Dr. Nash Gero-Ed Hour”, a monthly hour of free education on older adult behavioral health topics provided by Board certified psychiatrist Maureen Nash, M.D. This educational hour utilizes current technology to offer the information across the nation to anyone interested.
Angela’s strong background in mental health, coupled with an in-depth knowledge of the Central Oregon community, makes her especially adept in networking and linking resources. She created and facilitates multidiscipline teams in Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties to address the needs of high-risk and vulnerable older adults throughout the Central Oregon region.
Amarleen Singh, LCSW
Hi, I’m Amar and I have been in the Social Work field since 2020. I completed my bachelor’s in Psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. I received my master’s degree from the University of Iowa in 2020 and have acquired my LCSW credentials.
I’ve had many different experiences in my 2.5 years in the field. Previously, I’ve worked as a Medical Social Worker at St Charles in Bend, OR from February 2022 to December 2022, at Unity Center for Behavioral Health in Portland, OR from April 2021 to February 2022 and at Children’s and Families of Iowa from July 2020 to April 2021.
During my time at St Charles, I worked with the elderly population in inpatient rehab. I connected patients and family members to many resources in the area such as Meals on Wheels, Central Oregon Veteran’s Outreach for mobility and bathroom equipment, Aging and People with Disability, Medicare/Medicaid, and VA Services.
During my time at Unity Center for Behavioral Health, I assisted adults on the inpatient psychiatric unit. I was tasked with finding facilities the patients could be transferred to, finding psychiatric and medical resources in the Portland area, connecting patients to their intensive care coordinators who could assist them further in the community, and referring patients to inpatient/outpatient substance use rehab.
During my time at Children’s and Families of Iowa, I gained experience in community mental health as a Behavioral Health Clinician. I assisted children with processing complex trauma, stress, and anxieties through play therapy and I assisted adults with processing trauma, depression, and anxieties by utilizing therapy modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Approach.
Currently, I live in Bend, OR with my significant other. During my free time I enjoy reading, indoor rock climbing, and going on long scenic hikes.
Crook, Deschutes, & Jefferson Counties Profile
Crook County has the highest percentage of adults ages 65+ compared to the other two counties and Oregon overall.
- Jefferson County has a lower percentage of severe housing problems compared to Deschutes, Crook, and Oregon overall.
- Deschutes County has a higher percentage of primary care physicians compared to Crook, Jefferson, and Oregon overall.
- All three counties have a lower percentage of mental health providers compared to Oregon overall.
Medicare Fact Sheets
- Total Medicare Beneficiaries: 57,914
- Medicare Traditional / Fee-for-Service: 41,127
- Medicare Advantage (MA): 16,787