mental health

Bill Giving Teens Unfettered Access to Therapists Arouses Debate Over Parental Rights

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Senate Bill 491 would allow teens to bypass their parents when seeking help for mental health issues, which can arise from conflicts with their parents.


May 7, 2013 — Teens struggling with a problem at home could have a better chance to access mental health services under a bill debated Monday in the House Health Committee.

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.

Mental Health, Long-Term Care Targeted for $30 Million in Innovative Ideas

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The money in Governor John Kitzhaber’s budget is intended to support the goals of healthcare transformation

January 2, 2013 – The money trail for healthcare transformation is nowhere close to the end. In fact, Governor John Kitzhaber has set aside $30 million in his budget for 2013-2015 to foster collaborations between mental health, long-term care providers and the coordinated care organizations.

Suicide Strikes Physicians at Alarming Rate

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Dr. Pamela Wible, who admits she was suicidal herself, has written a book to help other physicians enjoy practicing medicine once again

November 15, 2012 -- Doctors have a far higher suicide completion rate than the general public. In fact, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention estimates that on average the United States loses as many as 400 physicians to suicide each year, that’s at least one a day and the equivalent of two to three entire medical school classes.

People on Medicaid Struggle with Mental Health, Substance Abuse Problems

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Health Share of Oregon board members rely on their prior experiences to help bridge the gap between physical and mental health

November 8, 2012 – There’s a very high preponderance of people on the Oregon Health Plan who have a mental health or substance abuse problem, according to Mary Monnat, president and CEO of LifeWorks NW. In the Portland metropolitan area, such problems affect 70 percent of that population.

Data on Healthcare Violence Remains Out of Reach

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Statistics say healthcare workers are twice as likely to be victims of workplace violence, but employers are exempt from OSHA reporting requirements, and can keep info on training and safety plans under wraps

June 7, 2012 -- Two weeks ago, community health worker Jennifer Warren was stabbed to death in the St. Helens home of Brent K. Redd Jr., who was receiving services from Columbia County Community Mental Health (CCMH), Warren's employer.

Redd had been released from Oregon State Hospital under supervision by the Psychiatric Security Review Board.


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