Tag Archives: Mental Health

Mental health clinics face federal funding loss next week

Advocates hope Congress will pass a temporary funding bill for innovative mental health centers in eight states. Innovative mental health centers in eight states will lose enhanced federal funding on Sunday for a Medicaid demonstration that enables them to offer a broad array of coordinated services for people with serious mental illness and substance use […]
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Think Too Much: Study probes mental effects from combat among aging veterans

One of the promises this country makes to veterans of its armed forces is that we will tend to their health, both physical and mental, long after they leave the service. A new study from Oregon State University focuses on veterans who saw combat during their service — and suggests that the commitment to supporting mental […]
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Multnomah County leader calls planned state mental health cuts ‘devastating’

Lawmakers in control of the state budget are eyeing multimillion-dollar cuts to county mental health care programs, reductions that advocates and other legislators say are hypocritical and harmful — and based upon flawed assumptions. Source: Multnomah County leader calls planned state mental health cuts ‘devastating’ – oregonlive.com

Oregon Lawmakers Tout Local Mental Health Programs, But Cuts Might Be Coming

As Oregon officials have scrambled in recent days to address a snarled mental health system, they’ve been clear: More people should be receiving care in their communities rather than being sent to the Oregon State Hospital. But as a $23 billion budget for the Oregon Health Authority works its way to likely passage, mental health advocates […]
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Oregon State Hospital | Constitutional Sheriffs | School Privacy | Recreation – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Defendants who can’t assist in their own criminal trials are supposed to be admitted to the Oregon State Hospital within seven days of intake for mental health treatment. That isn’t always happening, and dozens of people are waiting in jails around the state to get into the hospital. Over a dozen sheriffs in Washington have […]
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Oregon enacts bill fixing court blunders that caused people to languish in jails

Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill Wednesday that addresses lapses in courts’ handling of mental health paperwork that caused defendants to spend undue time in county jails. Source: Oregon enacts bill fixing court blunders that caused people to languish in jails – oregonlive.com

In Bend, mental health worker teams with police

Counselor rides with cops to keep mentally ill people out of jail. The Bend Police Department has a special weapon in its fight against mental illness — Abby Levin, a licensed professional counselor. Levin, who works for the Deschutes County Health Department, responds to mental health-related calls alongside uniformed officers. She’s been on Bend streets […]
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OHA Director Patrick Allen outlines plan to alleviate crowding at Oregon State Hospital

The hospital has been experiencing a “capacity crisis” due to the increasing number of patients sent there by courts because they cannot aid in their own defense. Source: OHA Director Patrick Allen outlines plan to alleviate crowding at Oregon State Hospital – Portland Business Journal

Top Oregon health official alerts governor to ‘crisis’ at psychiatric hospital

Oregon’s top health official wrote to Gov. Kate Brown on Friday, alerting her to a “capacity crisis” at the Oregon State Hospital as demand for trial fitness treatment escalates unabated. The official, Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen, also issued directives intended to slow the flood of defendants to the psychiatric hospital in Salem. Source: […]
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Health Authority Outlines Plan To Reduce Delays At Oregon Psychiatric Hospital

The Oregon Health Authority released a proposal Friday for how it will deal with the backlog of jail inmates trying to get mental health treatment at the Oregon State Hospital. Right now, there are 44 people who judges around the state have deemed in need of mental health treatment before they can aid in their […]
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