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Oregon’s Behavioral Health System Faces Deep Challenges After Pandemic

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Oregon’s behavioral health care system faces a widening crisis.

People need more help than ever after months of isolation. Providers grapple with low reimbursements. Looming state budget cuts threaten to limit services, with no relief in sight.

Hospitals Not ‘Out Of The Woods,” Supplies Of Protective Gear Down

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“Some providers have to reuse masks for up to a week at a time, and we have even heard of physicians sterilizing their N95s in a crock pot,” Dr. Chris Strear, president-elect of the Oregon Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians told lawmakers.  “These standards are not safe.”

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