Department of Human Services

Present Duties

Barbara Roberts Human Services Building
The Barbara Roberts Human Services Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Department of Human Services. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The Department of Human Services (DHS) works to help Oregonians in their own communities achieve safety, well-being and independence through services that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity.

The Director’s Office is responsible for overall leadership, policy development and administrative oversight of programs, staff, and offices in DHS. These functions are coordinated with the Office of the Governor, Legislature, other state and federal agencies, partners and stakeholders, communities of color, local governments, advocacy and client groups and the private sector.

Key functions include Financial Services,Human Resources, Data and Research, Legislative Relations, Communications, Tribal Relations, Equity and Multicultural Services, Federal Financial Policy, Governor’s Advocacy Office, and Internal Audits. The director’s office also coordinates operations that support service delivery, including Contracts and Procurement, Facilities Services, Imaging and Records Management Services, Background Checks, Information Support Systems, Business Information Supports, Publications, Payment Accuracy and Recovery, Program Integrity, and Continuous Improvement.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: 500 Summer St. NE, Salem 97301
Telephone: 503-945-5944
Fax: 503-581-6198
Contact: Fariborz Pakseresht, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Jennifer Bittel
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Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 409.010
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