About OABHI and Cascade Health
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.