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Children’s Mental Health Program Swept Up In Looming Budget Cuts

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The Oregon Health Authority plans to delay a program that's projected to keep 300 children out of psychiatric residential treatment in its first year, saving the state money in the long term and keeping families together. 

Despite Budget Crunch, Oregon Health Authority Plans 3 New High-Level Behavioral Health Positions

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Some state employees question the decision which is part of an overhaul by Steve Allen, who was hired as the agency's behavioral health director last year.

Governor Mandates Face Masks But Not Enforcement

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“Moving to a mandate instead of an advisory is stepping things up although at least so far, it just seems to be a change in language rather than a change in de facto enforcement," a health care advocate says.

After Rising Discrimination, Lawmakers Tackle Bill To Protect The Medical Rights Of People With Disabilities

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The pandemic has laid bare a problem in Oregon hospitals: People with disabilities suffer discrimination in hospitals to the point that they’re not always given access to the full gamut of medical care. 

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