Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson Counties
Behavioral Health Specialist
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.
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