Tag Archives: Mental Health

State blocks contractor from moving mentally ill Oregonians out of treatment homes

The Oregon Health Authority is taking aggressive action to ensure people with severe mental illness aren’t forced out of state-funded residential facilities, increasing oversight of a contractor that advocates have accused of improperly discharging vulnerable patients. Source: State blocks contractor from moving mentally ill Oregonians out of treatment homes | oregonlive.com

Full-court press is on for Umatilla County jail upgrade

Rep. Greg Smith plans to bring his deal-making magic to fund the Umatilla County Jail’s $1.6 million mental health remodel. “That’s my No. 1 priority,” Smith said on Tuesday. He’s not the only one who has made it a top priority. Source: Full-court press is on for Umatilla County jail upgrade | Local News | […]
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Oregon ranked as 21st healthiest in the nation

Oregon ranked 21st in the United Health Foundation’s latest grading of states in its annual report known as America’s Health Rankings released in 2018. The state was regarded highly for its abundance of mental health professionals, its low levels of physical inactivity and low levels of cardiovascular deaths. Dragging the state’s health standing down were […]
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Blame angst on phones, but can they help detect it, too?

Rising suicide rates and depression in U.S. teens and young adults have prompted researchers to ask a provocative question: Could the same devices that some people blame for contributing to tech-age angst also be used to detect it? The idea has sparked a race to develop apps that warn of impending mental health crises. Call […]
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Time is running out for federally funded mental-health clinics

State Library Ed. Note: Story mentions that “Clinics in Oklahoma and Oregon would be the first to lose funding, as their programs expire at the end of March.” An experimental mental-health and addiction treatment program that has shown early success in combating the opioid crisis is at risk of losing its federal funding. An estimated […]
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Trump’s VA vowed to stop veteran suicide. Its leaders failed to spend millions set aside to reach those at risk.

The Government Accountability Office says VA spent just $57,000 of more than $6 million designated for a suicide-prevention campaign. The Trump administration said from its first days that preventing suicide was its top clinical priority for veterans. The performance of its national outreach campaign shows otherwise, though, because of a leadership vacuum at the Department […]
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The Health 202: More people are getting treatment for mental health and substance abuse

Some experts say it’s not enough amid the opioid crisis. Ten years ago, Congress passed a law requiring insurance companies to cover behavioral health conditions in the same way they covered physical conditions. And there seems to have been some progress — in the years since, use of treatment services for mental illness and substance use […]
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Oregon Sen. Wyden recommends 3-digit emergency number for mental health support

Senator Ron Wyden is asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create a new three-digit phone number to connect people to mental health support. “I believe that a 3-digit code number, similar to 9-1-1 for emergencies, would most easily come to mind for those in need of intervention services,” Sen. Wyden wrote in his letter […]
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Lane County educators say the governor must reduce class sizes and address behavioral and mental health issues

Teachers and other educators in Lane County want change. They want smaller class sizes and more support and funding for mental health efforts and student behavioral challenges. A lack of support in those areas, educators say, is keeping them from being effective and from providing an adequate education to students. Source: Lane County educators say […]
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Oregon may require middle, high schoolers undergo annual mental health exams

The pervasiveness of mental health issues and child suicide rates leads Oregon to rank as the worst state in the country for the prevalence of mental illness. And the state’s lack of child psychiatrists and school counselors leaves families waiting for months to get help. Source: Oregon may require middle, high schoolers undergo annual mental health exams