community mental health

Cigarette Tax Raises Money to Help Bring Mentally Ill Home to Community

As much as $20 million in private funding could be leveraged with a $5 million state investment in new housing for people with mental illness, opening up spots for people stuck in more institutional settings like the Oregon State Hospital. The money would also relieve pressure on the state rental market, since state policy will limit the units for people with disabilities to 20 percent of the apartment complexes, allowing them to blend in with the general population.

With every pack they buy, Oregon smokers may be inadvertently working to reduce the state’s housing shortage while helping the state move people with mental illnesses back into their home communities.

Women’s Cancer Screening Gets Funded Along with Junction City Hospital

The Lund Report
Senate President Peter Courtney says he’ll keep fighting as he laments the failure of a dedicated tax for community mental health, while House Speaker Tina Kotek offers optimism that the state can improve services at all levels.


.July 9, 2013 — The Legislature found extra funding in its final budget for breast and cervical cancer screening, rural ambulance services, and dental fluoride programs for school children as it passed its budget resolution, House Bill 5008, before adjourning on Monday.

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