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The Barbara Roberts Human Services Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Department of Human Services. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Barbara Roberts Human Services Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Department of Human Services. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The mission of the Department of Human Services (DHS) is to help Oregonians in their own communities achieve safety, well-being and independence through services that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity. DHS is responsible for the care of some of Oregon’s most vulnerable citizens— children, families, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and seniors. DHS is also responsible for serving Oregonians at times when they are most in need—when they have experienced abuse, when they are hungry, when they are homeless.

 

Every year, more than one million people rely on services offered by the Department of Human Services and our partners to meet their most basic needs: to be safe, to live as independently as possible and to support their efforts to achieve economic independence. DHS’s success in that effort depends upon nearly 7,500 employees across the state, as well as upon thousands of community and service delivery partners, all of whom are dedicated to supporting and improving the lives of Oregonians.

 

Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.

 

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 500 Summer St. NE, Salem 97301
Telephone: 503-945-5944
Fax: 503-581-6198
General Email: dhs.info@state.or.us
Contact: Vacant, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Jennifer Bittel
Records Officer Email: Sue Nelson
Staff Directory from Oregon.gov
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps


Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 409.010
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu


Records, Publications and General Information

State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog