Senate Bill 140

Emergency Department Boarding Bill Caught In Logjam

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SALEM – With just three weeks until the Oregon Legislature adjourns, advocates for a pilot project to address prolonged mental health patient stays in hospital emergency rooms are pushing for their bill to break through the logjam in the session's final month.

Boarded In The ER: Oregon’s Mental Health Crisis

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On a typical day, doctors rush through the emergency department toward sounding alarms, and ambulances whisk in people suffering heart attacks, strokes or severe pain. Medical technicians and nurses attend to patients as worried families hover close.

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