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Budget-Cutting Special Session Planned For Aug. 10

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A proclamation obtained by The Lund Report says there is an "urgent need" to reblance the state budget and “ensure delivery of benefits and benefit programs to Oregonians.” 

Brown’s Behavioral Health Strategy Mired In Chaos, ‘Profound Disappointment’ 

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When Brown set up her Behavioral Health Advisory Council in October 2019, advocates and medical professionals had high hopes it would spark meaningful change. Instead, it's turned into a missed opportunity, critics say.

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.

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