Tag Archives: Mental Health

The Number of Oregon Mental Health Workers is Not Keeping Up With the Need

–The good news: More patients get services. The bad news: Caseloads are overwhelming and pay is lagging. – A new report from the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees presents some good news—the vast expansion of the Oregon Health Plan means that Oregonians requiring mental health services are much more likely to see […]
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Murder suspect was asked to turn self in to mental hospital 3 months before killing, emails reveal

Springfield police had contacted Joshua Jaschke in December and offered to send him back to the state mental hospital three months before he allegedly killed a man near South Eugene High School. But Jaschke, who was under the treatment of the Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board and whose last address was the Oregon State Psychiatric […]
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Bill Would Require Emergency Rooms To Adopt Mental Health Discharge Plans

A separate bill from Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer would require CCOs and insurers to cover a behavioral health assessment in a crisis as well as its treatment recommendations. Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer and Sen. Lew Frederick, both Portland Democrats, are back again this year to close additional gaps in the state’s mental health system. Source: Bill Would […]
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Legislators Work to Pass Mental Healthcare Bill of Rights for Deaf Community

Deaf individuals and their supporters report a tremendous dearth of mental health services for people who use sign language, leaving this group of people exceedingly isolated. HB 3415 would task the Oregon Health Authority with coordinating services and making sure the state has enough mental health providers who can communicate with the deaf. Source: Legislators […]
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Mental hospital doctors suspected for years accused killer was faking, records show

State doctors suspected nearly 20 years ago that Anthony W. Montwheeler was feigning mental illness to avoid prison, newly disclosed records show. The records, a portion of state files on Montwheeler, give no indication that officials acted on that suspicion until Montwheeler admitted his ruse two years ago. Source: Mental hospital doctors suspected for years […]
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Jackson County’s proposed budget cuts 249 jobs

Jackson County’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year cuts the equivalent of 249 full-time health and human services positions after the county lost contracts to provide mental health care for Oregon Health Plan patients. However, the proposed budget of almost $339.2 million is almost unchanged from the current budget of nearly $339.4 million. Source: […]
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Manning Advocates for State Hospital

From Highway 99, the Oregon State Hospital’s Junction City campus looks like a grounded Boeing C-17. Located on the border of the city limits, the gray building stands alone at the end of a newly constructed road in the center of a field. This local campus of the Oregon State Hospital opened in March 2015. […]
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Grant will help county’s jail diversion program

The Center for Human Development was recently awarded a two-year grant in the amount of $710,432 from the Oregon Health Authority to provide jail diversion services to individuals with mental illness. The jail diversion program was created to address a growing healthcare problem — inmates with mental health issues — within the inmate population, with […]
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Proposed closure of state psychiatric hospital in Junction City is topic for Thursday town hall meeting in Eugene

Rep. Julie Fahey said she thinks chances are good that the state will continue to operate the Junction City psychiatric hospital, despite Gov. Kate Brown’s call to close it. Source: Proposed closure of state psychiatric hospital in Junction City is topic for Thursday town hall meeting in Eugene | Local | Eugene, Oregon

Adapt director discusses what lies ahead for mental health care

  Today’s part two of a three-part series on health care in Douglas County includes a story on the dismantling of the Douglas County Mental Health Department and the expansion of Adapt, and a story from a mother about her son, his mental health issues and their experiences with health services. Wednesday’s part three will […]
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