About the Money Basics Course

Money Basics is a financial self-sufficiency course designed for people who experience mental health issues.

Money Basics is an interactive, peer-taught course that can be easily adapted to the class participant's level of experience with course topics. The person-directed design encourages participants to set and accomplish financial goals from balancing their checking accounts to saving for higher education or purchasing a home.


Participants who complete Money Basics can expect to:

  • Leave the course with increased knowledge about money and finances;
  • Have improved financial skills;
  • Develop healthy financial goals and habits;
  • Have increased confidence in their ability to handle their own finances;
  • Have a healthier relationship with money.

A secondary goal of this course is to invite participants to question their financial circumstances so that they may begin to strategize ways to change their current situations.


For more information about Money Basics, to request information on how to become a facilitator of this course, or to request an electronic copy of the Money Basics Guide, go to the Contact page and complete the online form.

Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center

Mental Health Association of Oregon

10373 NE Hancock Street

Suite 106

Portland, OR 97220

P: 503-922-2377

F: 503-922-2360

The material contained in this website was developed [in part] under grant number SM062558 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.