mental health

FolkTime Looks to Expand Peer Support Services for Veterans

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Its mental health treatment model emphasizes recovery, not diagnosis

May 9, 2012 -- FolkTime, a 26-year-old nonprofit providing community socialization for people with mental illness, has just signed a contract with Clackamas Behavioral Health to start providing peer support services – including job coaching, arts activities and support groups – to veterans with mental health challenges.

Advocates Upset Over Regence's Decision to Eliminate Mental Health

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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. 

Southern Oregon Providers Work to Embed Behavioral Health into Primary Clinics

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The effort, initially funded by a 2006 grant, is now being extended to coordinated care organizations in southern Oregon

March 24, 2012—A quick, 15-minute appointment with a mental health counselor to talk about the effects of stress and anxiety when a person has an ulcer is radically different than a traditional hour long appointment with a counselor. But providers in southern Oregon are discovering that such appointments, which integrate mental healthcare in the same primary care setting, go a long way toward improving a patient’s health.

Mental Health Carve Out Bill Faced Governor’s Veto

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The bill would have required the state to pay for drugs that treat mental illnesses, HIV/AIDS, cancer and immunosuppressant disorders

March 12, 2012—A bill that would have required the state to continue paying for drugs used for mental illnesses, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and immunosuppressant drugs until 2016 died in the last days of the Legislature, blocked by the House and facing a veto threat from Governor Kitzhaber.

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

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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.

Foundation for Excellence in Mental Healthcare Begins Funding First Projects

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The foundation's mission is to advocate for a more holistic approach to treating mental illness

February 6, 2012—The Foundation for Excellence in Mental Healthcare and its executive director Gina Nikkel are off to a running start, funding its first projects that Nikkel hopes will begin creating a more holistic understanding and way of treating mental illness.

Nikkel, who was previously executive director of the Association of Oregon County Mental Health Programs, has been participating frequently in international calls, and has racked up 4,000 minutes of phone calls in one month. “That’s two solid weeks of being on the phone,” she said.

Central City Concern Opens Recovery Center

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The center was made possible because of a $8.95 million federal grant and initially will serve 600 homeless people

December 2, 2011 -- When Central City Concern opens its downtown clinic on December 12, teams of doctors and alternative medicine professionals will help hundreds of people whose drug addictions or mental illnesses threaten to keep them on the streets.

At a time when funding for such services is drying up, the Old Town Recovery Center will become a reality.

The more than $20 million center stands on the corner of NW Broadway and NW Burnside -- the previous site of an abandoned Burger King.

Mental Health Organization Takes up Challenge to Create CCO

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GOBHI, which provides mental health benefits in 17 rural counties, has been leading discussions with physical and dental organizations, to create a coordinated care organization

November 21, 2011—A mental health organization is leading the charge toward transformation. Greater Oregon Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., (GOBHI), based in The Dalles, is in active discussions with a multitude of healthcare providers to become a coordinated care organization (CCO) by next July.

CEO Kevin Campbell has been meeting with federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics, public health departments, hospitals, county commissioners and primary and dental care providers in 17 rural counties -- many of which are east of the Cascades.

Getting to a Mental Health Budget

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Carter and Buckley are making both a humane and prudent choice for mental health and chemical dependency.
May 21, 2009 -- The fastest way to get up to speed on how Oregon spends its mental health dollar is to cruise the executive summary of the December 2008 report, Assessment and Evaluation of the Mental Health Care Delivery System in Oregon. This report was prepared at the request of the state legislature by the Public Consulting Group, a Boston-based management consulting firm.

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