Behavioral Health Specialist
Christopher R Eilers MA, LPC
Education: Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Oregon State University, a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University, and a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Northwest Christian University.
Christopher began his career in Behavioral Health Services at the Center for Family Development, providing individual and family therapy to adolescents with co-occurring disorders. Next, he served adults identified with SPMI at Lane County Behavioral Health by providing individual and group therapy, as well as case management. In 2011, he transitioned to an administrative role when he joined Lane Care to manage the Behavioral Health benefits for Medicaid recipients in Lane County.
As an Older Adult Behavioral Health Specialist, Christopher is able to leverage his knowledge of the behavioral health system and relationships with healthcare providers to shine a spotlight on the unique needs and challenges associated with aging individuals and their care providers in addressing behavioral health needs.
Since joining the Initiative in 2015, Christopher has been certified to provide many trainings, including: Mental Health First Aid, Approaching Alzheimer’s, Connect Suicide Post-Vention, W.I.S.E., and Trauma Informed Care 101. He is the Chair of the Older Adult Work Group, which has created a community of providers from all areas of healthcare that are dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life of seniors and adults with disabilities.
As an educator, Christopher has focused on providing enlightening and relevant training to healthcare and aging services providers, as well as to the community at large. He has also been directly involved in the planning and development of multiple conferences.
L. Kay McDonald, MA, QMHP-C
Kay earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark, School of Professional Studies, Portland, Oregon. In various positions over 18 years, Kay coordinated medical, dental, and behavioral health care for the uninsured and underinsured citizens and members of the Oregon Health Plan. Kay had the creative opportunity to coordinate and authorize services for adults/older adults with unique, challenging access to obtaining care. Beginning in May, 2015, Kay has served in Lane County as a Specialist with the statewide Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative.
Suzanne Moreno, MA
Suzanne received her M.S. in Counseling /MFTI from California State University Hayward and completed an MA degree program in socio-cultural/ medical Anthropology. For several years, she worked at Children’s Protective Services with medically fragile children and did case management for Regional Centers’ I/DD clients and their families. Later she worked as a Family Advocate helping to transition clients from institutional settings to residential homes, then for several years as a Deputy Public Guardian Conservator for Sacramento County. In this last position, she worked with both mental health and older probate clients with the courts.
After moving to Oregon over five years ago, Suzanne worked in Lane Country as an I/DD Adult Licensor and Child Certifier, creating orientations and other training modules for adult and child foster providers. Her current position is a MHO Care Coordinator and residential specialist for Lane County Behavioral Health where she continues to work closely and do training with BH adult foster providers and residential treatment homes. Suzanne feels honored to be part of the OABHI team. She feels her experience with probate clients will be useful and her current connection to mental health/ behavioral health providers a benefit to the OABHI.
Suzanne was a caretaker for several family members until their passing and considers herself a passionate advocate. In her free time, she helps her fiancé, Ken, with his nature photography business and loves to explore the Pacific Northwest. Suzanne has studied natural medicine for many years and is completing an ethnobotanical remedy book.
Lane County has a similar percentage of adults age 65+ compared to Oregon overall.
- Lane County has a similar percentage of veterans age 65+ compared to Oregon overall.
- Lane County has a higher ratio of mental health care providers compared to Oregon overall.
- Lane County has a similar amount of reported poor physical and mental health days compared to Oregon overall (all ages).
Medicare Fact Sheets
- Total Medicare Beneficiaries: 88,676
- Medicare Traditional / Fee-for-Service: 42,851
- Medicare Advantage (MA): 45,825