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Family Treatment Court Proposal Aimed at Substance Abuse

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Five Oregon counties may get a new family treatment court program to help  parents overcome substance abuse and keep families together.

The family treatment court model, proposed in House Bill 4040, would put a full-time judge in each participating county in charge of the program.

Emergency Declaration: Legislators Urge $120 Million For Shelters, Affordable Housing For Homeless 

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House Speaker Tina Kotek wants an emergency declaration recognizing the state’s homelessness crisis, with the state spending $120 million on affordable housing and shelter needs.

Oregon Lawmakers Mull Changes To Strengthen Drug Transparency Program 

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Oregon lawmakers are considering changes to the state’s drug transparency law that would prevent pharmaceutical manufacturers from exploiting a potential loophole to avoid reporting price hikes and give state regulators more authority to expect timely information from drug companies.

Oregon Lawmakers Plan Roadmap For Behavioral Health Needs

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Oregon lawmakers may create a commission with a lofty but long-term goal: finding a solution for the state’s crisis in mental health. 

State Lawmakers Seek Funding for Homeless And Foster Youth

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Oregon lawmakers want to put more money into helping unaccompanied homeless youth before they enter adulthood without a home or future. 

They live in the shadows, failed by their families, public schools and the foster care system. 

Oregon Lawmakers Looking For Answers To Mental Health Crisis 

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Oregon lawmakers are eying a proposal that would cost the state $15 million for behavioral health clinics. 

Oregon’s Dental Access Lags As Advocates Seek Solutions

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Only about 40% of Oregon dentists accept Medicaid patients. More than two dozen rural communities don’t even have a single dentist.

Lawmakers Tackle A Rising Slice Of Health Care Costs

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The Oregon legislative session that starts next week is likely to be the stage of a contentious battle over high health care costs -- but this time prescription drugs won’t be the focus.

Dialysis will.

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