Salem, Oregon

Posted Date

April 8, 2024

Contact Information

Gennifer Brown

General Counsel Division, Health and Human Services Section


The Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking applicants for Assistant Attorney General positions in the Health and Human Services Section of the General Counsel Division.


The Position:  The Health and Human Services Section is currently seeking one or more lawyers with a strong interest in public service and looking for challenging and meaningful work to assist the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) achieve its goal to eliminate health inequities by 2030.  OHA is one of the largest agencies in Oregon state government, with responsibility for the state’s Medicaid program, public health and behavioral health systems, and the State Hospital.  OHA’s work impacts virtually all the critical health issues covered by our local and national news, such as addressing the state’s Fentanyl crises, ensuring quality and affordable health care for all Oregonians, working to increase access to substance use disorder treatment and behavioral health services, and protecting the public health of Oregonians.


Attorneys providing OHA’s needed legal services must be solution oriented, able to give cutting edge legal advice and bring creative legal approaches and fresh thinking to each new project, all consistent with DOJ policies and legal positions.  Specifically, we are looking for one or more excellent attorneys to advise OHA’s Medicaid program and related medical assistance programs, its Health Care Market Oversight Program (HCMO), and OHA’s behavioral health programs (described below), and other work as assigned by management.


Medicaid and related medical assistance programs: OHA’s Oregon Health Plan provides health coverage for low-income Oregonians through its Coordinated Care Organizations (also known as CCOs) and its fee-for-service program.  Through these programs and waivers from the federal government, OHA is finding innovative ways to address the health needs of low-income Oregonians.


HCMO: OHA’s HCMO program administers and oversees ORS 415.500 et seq., reviewing proposed business deals to ensure those deals further the state’s goals of health equity, lower consumer costs, increased access to care, and better care.


Behavioral Health: OHA’s behavioral health programs oversee the counties’ mental health programs, certify and license behavioral health facilities and programs, assist the Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Council in funding drug treatment and recovery services in Oregon, provide incentives to increase and support the behavioral health workforce, work to implement and oversee Oregon’s behavioral health crisis system, and more.  During the 2024 legislative session, House Bill 4002 established a new certified community behavioral health clinic program within OHA.



In an ongoing effort to attract and retain diverse candidates, we are hopeful you’ll share our recruitment with members of your association, organization, or section members.  I am available by phone or email if you have questions.


If you would like to learn more or be considered, applying has never been easier:


Apply here!

Assistant Attorney General (Health & Human Services)

Closes April 29, 2024 at 11:58 p.m.