mental health

House Passes $15 Billion Budget for Oregon Health Authority

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Most Republicans balk at the 21.6 percent increase from last biennium, but an OHSU economist said the state will see a net savings by providing Oregon Health Plan coverage to 240,000 more people under the Affordable Care Act. The budget also calls for three new mental health residential treatment centers in Pendleton and expansion of an intervention program for youth experiencing a mental breakdown.

 

July 3, 2013 — The Oregon Health Authority budget passed the House on a highly partisan 35-23 vote, with only Republican Rep. Bob Jenson of Pendleton crossing party lines to support the $15.2 billion budget with the Democratic majority.

Women's Advocates Emphasize Importance of Mental Healthcare

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Speakers urge women to put their own well-being at the top of the list at an event sponsored by the Oregon Women’s Health Network.

 

June 5, 2013 – A topic often overlooked – self-care for women dealing with mental health issues – was the theme of a lecture held recently at McMenamin's Kennedy School in northeast Portland.

Senate Bill 823 Outlines Courtney’s Vision for Mental Health

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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.

DOJ Settlement Aims to Improve Mental Health Treatment

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The DOJ settlement with the city of Portland requires coordinated care organizations to set up mental health drop-off centers by July, but it’s unclear how they were singled out in the agreement

 

March 15, 2013 – Last December's settlement between the Department of Justice and the city of Portland tasked the city and Multnomah County with a host of reforms intended to improve interactions between police and people with mental illness – and to improve access to mental healthcare.

State Could See “Game-Changing” Spike for Children’s Mental Health

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The $46 million increase that Senate President Peter Courtney called for at the start of the session could become reality with the co-chairs' budget released Monday

March 5, 2013 — A pathway has appeared to the game-changing funding levels that Senate President Peter Courtney signaled for community mental health -- at least for children – when the increased funding made a list of priorities when the co-chairs released their two-year spending plan Monday morn

Evidence-Based Mental Health Programs Await Better Funding

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Leaders of the House and Senate have boosted support for the EASA program, which assists youth after a psychotic break. Gov. Kitzhaber has earmarked a $1.8 million increase for the program, while the dramatic increase envisioned by Sen. Peter Courtney awaits a funding source

February 22, 2013 — If left improperly treated, someone suffering from psychosis can have a bleak life ahead of them: years of drifting in and out of the medical system or the prison system.

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