Exciting Changes for Prescribing of ADHD Medications

Childhood Health Associates of Salem is excited to announce that the technology is finally in place for us to be able to securely prescribe controlled substances (such as ADHD medications) directly to the pharmacy. The concept has been legal in Oregon for some time now but physicians and pharmacies needed to come up with ways to clearly verify the process. 

Our EHR now has this capability and our providers are getting up to speed on using it. We are still in a transition period right now, getting our doctors and mid-levels credentialed for this and training them in how to use it, but we do have some providers who are sending these medications electronically. This is actually far more secure than dealing with a paper prescription and we are quite happy about it. 

You may continue to call us for prescription refill requests for your child's ADHD stimulant every month but you can help us out by also telling us which pharmacy you would like to use. If your child's PCP is able to send the prescription electronically then he or she will do so, and you'll be notified of that. Once you know that your child's PCP is signed up for this program you'll also be able to request the refill through the pharmacy*, as the pharmacy can send us a secure message requesting an electronic prescription. 

No more coming to the office and waiting in line to get the paper prescription, then driving across town to your pharmacy and waiting yet again! We hope that this service will save our families time and hassle. As always, we continue to strive to be on the cutting edge of taking care of your children.

*Currently not all pharmacies are ready to participate; if your pharmacy has not yet enabled this service then we will continue to give you a paper prescription until your pharmacy has made the change.

Childhood Health Associates Seeking Social Worker (LCSW) For New Position

Childhood Health Associates of Salem (CHAOS) is seeking a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for a 1.0 FTE exempt position. 


Responsible for the provision of direct social work service in a pediatric outpatient medical setting utilizing the professional healthcare process of assessment, problem identification/planning, action/intervention and clinical goal/outcome evaluation. Care and service coordination are a priority of this position.


  • Providing direct casework services to clients related to their medical/psychiatric diagnosis.

  • Performing holistic evaluation of patient/home, developing an appropriate plan of care if indicated, initiating discharge planning, evaluating progress towards goals and monitoring achievement of desired outcomes.

  • Providing skilled social work services to patients and education/instruction to patients and caregivers according to the plan of treatment.

  • Performing holistic assessment and, as clinically indicated, coordinating and modifying the plan of care with the patient, caregiver, case manager, primary physician and other members of the inter/multi-disciplinary healthcare team.

  • Evaluating patient/home environment as related to holistic healthcare/social needs and making appropriate referrals to other services, agencies and community resources as clinically indicated in collaboration with the case manager and primary physician.

  • Coordinating social work services, collaborating and communicating with other members of the inter/multi-disciplinary team to assure an appropriate and smooth flow of care/services for the patient through the care continuum.

  • Evaluating, reviewing, and revising the patient’s social work plan of care on a regular basis and, as clinically indicated, taking prompt action in response to changes in the patient’s health condition in collaboration with the case manager.

  • As part of on-going discharge planning and care coordination, evaluating interventions and outcomes of social work services by reviewing goals set in plan of care utilizing plan of care and physician’s orders.

  • Providing services to a generally pediatric patient/caregiver population and given area of clinical specialty and skill.  May also provide services to young adult/family and transition age population.

  • Providing services to all patients utilizing appropriate universal infection control precautions and practices (standard and transmission based precautions), including individuals with communicable diseases.

  • For incorporation into the record, provide skilled and timely clinical documentation in compliance with regulatory, quality and CHAOS guidelines.

  • Proactively initiating and participating in patient care inter/multi-disciplinary case conferences and meetings, as well as education and in-service programs.

  • Assisting clinical staff with assessment of patients and facilitates communication with the IDT, physician and other members of the community healthcare team.

  • Assisting staff with development of patient specific interdisciplinary care plans including skilled and non-skilled interventions, measurable and finite goals/outcomes and realistic/appropriate discharge plan.

  • Assisting in coordinating services to ensure efficiency in the delivery of patient care services, CHAOS systems/operations, cost-effectiveness, and timely/accurate communication.

  • Assisting in evaluating patient/home environment as related to holistic health care/social needs and making appropriate referrals to other services, agencies and community resources as clinically indicated in collaboration with the case manager, MSW and primary physician.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited school of Social Work required.


  • Preferred: two years experience in a healthcare setting.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of community health, welfare, and social agencies is required.

  • Commensurate with educational preparation, demonstrates the ability to apply age specific principles of growth and development and life stages to meet each patient’s needs for appropriate care.


  • LCSW preferred.

  • A valid applicable state driver’s license and auto insurance is required.


  • Collaborative/cooperative working and communication skills.

  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.

  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of patients and caregivers.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Flexible and able to function independently.

For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a cover letter and current resume with your application. Send application materials to hollye@childhoodhealth.com

About Childhood Health Associates of Salem (CHAOS)

CHAOS is a Tier 3, Patient Centered Primary Care Pediatric Medical Home specializing in patients with complex health needs. We serve a large and diverse patient population, birth through transition age. The clinic itself was purpose-built; patient areas were recently remodeled and we are currently undergoing renovation of our administrative areas to accommodate significant clinic growth. Medical staff work in care teams and we work hard to provide excellent, patient-centered care in an integrated model that includes behavioral health, care coordination and mental health. 

We seek to add team members to CHAOS to meet the growing needs of our community and clinic and look for collaborative team players passionate about working together toward common goals. CHAOS values an excellent work-life balance, leadership, growth and innovation and we are always seeking to learn and try new ways of doing things.

We offer competitive compensation, a robust benefits package and a collaborative, mission-driven work environment! To learn more about working at CHAOS and the Salem, OR community please visit our homepage at www.childhoodhealth.com  

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Questions? Email joell@childhoodhealth.com.

Location: Salem, OR

FTE: 1.0

Work Type:  Full Time

Hourly compensation: depending on experience

Required Certifications/Licensure: Basic Life Support(may be obtained upon hire); Drivers License

CHAOS is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified job applicants and employees without regard to the following statuses: protected veteran; qualified individual with a disability; race; ethnicity; religion; gender; pregnancy; gender identity; national origin; age; genetic information; sexual orientation; or any other protected status in accordance with local, state, or federal laws.

The above information is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of caregivers assigned to this job.

Feedback from Recent Survey (from Dr. Jenny Hoelter)

Thank you to all who took the time to fill out the CAPHS email survey this fall! Your responses will help to guide our improvement projects over the next 1-2 years. We heard some wonderful compliments and feedback that will help us to understand what is most important to our patients. Below are a sampling of comments from the survey that highlight some of the issues we will be working on this year, including access to primary care providers, decreasing the amount of time that you wait in the office. 

“Love the hours”

"I think you all at Child Hood Health do an amazing job at caring for your patients and their families. I think the wait times are sometimes long but I really think you all do amazing at making sure were cared for. I do think the waiting area needs to be bigger. Thank you for all you do.”

"Sometimes the wait is longer  But the providers are thorough and it's not unbearable."

"Unless one calls months in advance for routine check up one has to wait weeks for apt and at not ideal times (school hours) with primary doctor” 

"I really love the providers in this office, they make us feel valued, listened to, and understood. They seem to really care about us and our kids. I think the providers often seem to be most on top of the situation and sometimes less so with the nursing staff and front desk staff. I appreciate the office environment and the books provided at the appointment for us to take home. It would be helpful to get reminders for immunizations or to make appointments for well child visits.”

We hear you! Look for another survey in 1-2 years to let us know if we have improved!

New email education service coming soon

As a benefit to patients of our clinic we are currently enrolling in a new service to provide timely, focussed parent education health tips. The content is focussed on the first three years since we believe that getting a good start is critical to child health. The vendor is Ubicare and is utilized by OHSU and other health systems in Oregon. We anticipate messages to begin late January 2016.

If you've previously given us your email when registering at our office you will be enrolled automatically. You are free to opt out at anytime. Our providers have reviewed the information and we feel is valuable and helps address the common concerns we hear from parents. Soon we will have an option for families to register themselves to receive these updates. In the future we look forward to additional content focussed on autism and other health topics. 

Learn more by visiting Ubicare.