Sequoia Mental Health Services, Inc. (SMHS) is dedicated to providing assistance to people with long-term psychiatric, emotional and developmental impairments. The support provided is aimed at maximizing self-sufficiency and productivity and offered with compassion, integrity and a profound respect for each individual’s strengths. At SMHS our goal is to surround the people we serve with a community that will engage, support and encourage them.
SMHS is based in Beaverton, Oregon and serves individuals in Washington County. Services provided by SMHS are funded through a variety of public funds including Medicaid, OHP, Medicare and commercial insurance. Individuals may be considered for private pay if they have no insurance.
Sequoia Mental Health Services, Inc., an Oregon non-profit tax-exempt corporation, was founded in 1981 as Homestreet, Inc. Homestreet’s original board was comprised of individuals from families whose members included those with mental illness. This group recognized the importance of and need for affordable supportive housing for individuals being discharged from state hospitals and the impact it would have on the success of their after-care and community tenure. With the goal of providing affordable housing and support services to persons disabled by serious mental illnesses, Homestreet rented apartments and houses on the open market and subleased them to service recipients, along with providing case management, psychiatric appointments, and life-skill training.
In 2004 Homestreet merged with Banyan Tree, a local licensed treatment home provider, forming Homestreet-Banyan Tree, Inc. This merger was a response to the economic stressors of the time, and sought to create a wider array of service options, while creating efficiencies in administration and overhead. In June, 2008, the Board of Directors changed the agency name to Sequoia Mental Health Services, Inc., to reflect a stronger regional image.
Today, SMHS serves more persons with major psychiatric disabilities than any other agency in Washington County (more than 650). Virtually all SMHS clients have very low incomes because of their disabilities. Clients range in age from 18 to 80 or older, and reflect the varied ethnicity of our community. Clients have the option to use Sequoia’s medication management services including psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners.