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Portland Police Lieutenant Outlines New Response to Mental Health Crises

Faced with a directive from the U.S. Department of Justice to quell violent encounters between police and people with mental illness, the Portland Police Bureau has begun a behavioral health unit. The director of NAMI commends the force for trying, but an underfunded poorly coordinated mental health system continues to plague Oregon, putting police officers in an unnatural role.

Portland Police Lt. Cliff Bacigalupi was a seasoned street cop when his police chief asked him to head up a new unit designed to address an unintended but growing part of the police force’s scope of practice -- performing triage on the high number of people with mental illness in Portland who are not receiving appropriate care and end up the source of 911 calls.

Senate Bill 823 Outlines Courtney’s Vision for Mental Health

Sen. Brian Boquist of McMinnville, the Republican co-sponsor, said the bill sets guidelines in place so the state will be more prepared to actually show results as funding becomes available

April 10, 2013 — Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, teamed up with Sen. Brian Boquist, R-McMinnville, on Tuesday to press for Senate Bill 823, a broad-sweeping set of policy guidelines aimed at providing more comprehensive and proactive community mental health across the state of Oregon.

Advocates Upset Over Regence's Decision to Eliminate Mental Health

Regence's decision is bad news for Oregonians, according to Laura Etherton of OSPIRG

April 25, 2012 – Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon's decision to slash mental health benefits and impose a much higher deductible for medical care and prescription coverage has consumer advocates upset. About 30,000 Oregonians who have individual policies will feel the impact starting October 1. 

Mental Health Drugs To Come Under Review by Central Oregon Health Council

These drugs will continue to be reimbursed by the Oregon Health Authority’s Department of Medical Assistance Programs but provide local officials with more information on the effectiveness of the medications

March 1, 2012—By July, the Oregon Health Authority is expected to begin providing real-time data to the Central Oregon Health Council, which coordinates the care of Oregon Health Plan patients in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties, on the mental health drugs used by people living in that area.

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