Behavioral Health Specialist
Linda Joens, M.S., QMHP-C
Linda Joens has worked for Options for Southern Oregon (Josephine County Community Mental Health Provider) for 14 years. Prior to this work experience, she worked for Josephine County as a crisis worker and substitute PCI (Pre Commitment Investigator). In addition she has worked with diverse populations including At Risk Children, Viet Nam veterans, and victims/survivors of Domestic Violence. During her time with Options, she has been lead on a SAMHSA grant working with people struggling with meth addition. She has also worked as a Clinical Supervisor in case management and during that time worked with Mental Health Court and Jail Diversion. Prior to joining the Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative, she worked as a therapist and liaison between Mental Health and IDD Services, working with adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, their families and their support teams.
She enjoys working for and with diverse populations, and in her experience, she has helped to build teams, collaborated with multiple agencies, participated in multi-disciplinary teams, helped to remove barriers and find resources for vulnerable and often underserved members of society.
Angela Franklin is an Older Adult Specialist and Suicide Prevention Coordinator with Options for Southern Oregon, serving Josephine County. Angela is a practicing Death Midwife and has worked with elders as a caregiver, hospice volunteer and community educator. She is dedicated to making sure the people in her region have access to resources and receiving the appropriate support, especially vulnerable populations, including elders and LGBTQ2+. Residing in rural southern Oregon for over 10 years, she brings deep respect and care for the Illinois Valley and Josephine County residents into her work through networking and linking resources. Her passion for outreach and education shows in Advanced Care Planning classes she holds regularly. She is a founder of Crossroads Community DeathCare, a community-driven organization based on practical death care, education, outreach, and community grieving support.
Angela attended Portland State University and Lindenwood University, and has completed training around the country in end-of-life support, herbalism, grief care and funerary planning. She teaches workshops in death care, advance care planning, shroud making, and various folk arts.
Jackson & Josephine Counties
Jackson and Josephine counties have a higher percentage of adults age 65+ compared to Oregon overall.
- Jackson and Josephine counties have a higher percentage of householders age 65+ living alone compared to Oregon overall.
- Josephine County has a higher ratio of mental health providers than Jackson and Oregon overall.
- Both Jackson and Josephine counties have a similar percent prevalence of depression as Oregon overall.
Medicare Fact Sheets
- Total Medicare Beneficiaries: 26,666
- Medicare Traditional / Fee-for-Service: 15,840
- Medicare Advantage (MA): 10,826