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Martin Wants Aid & Assist Patients Directed Away from Mental Hospital

Currently, 25 percent of the Oregon State Hospital beds are taken up by people who have been charged with a crime but determined unfit to stand trial without mental health treatment. But many of these people are not a danger to themselves and others and might get better treatment closer to home. Meanwhile, hospital beds are unavailable for other people in more need of acute intensive psychiatric care.

The director for the state Addictions and Mental Health Division laid down a concrete proposal at Tuesday’s Oregon Health Policy Board meeting that could go a long way toward reforming the Oregon mental health system and

Mental Health Groups Want to Preserve Advanced Directives

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A bill characterized as an administrative fix has drawn opposition and a close vote in the House
April 29, 2011 -- A bill that would allow caregivers to ignore psychiatric advanced directives in certain cases of involuntary commitment has drawn opposition from the mental health community. After narrowly passing the House, it now moves to the Senate.

State Officials to Release New Forecast on Junction City Hospital

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That forecast, which will be released in mid-December, is expected to show whether there’s a need for another state mental hospital
November 30, 2010 --As criticism mounts over building another mental hospital in Junction City, Richard Harris, assistant director of the state’s Addictions and Mental Health Division, is preparing a re-forecasting report that’s expected to reveal whether such a facility is still needed.

Legislators Could Save Money by Halting New State Hospital

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Taking care of mentally ill people in community settings not only reduces costs but can create more jobs, according to advocates
November 30, 2010 -- Before embarking on the construction of a $180 million state mental hospital in Junction City, legislators may want to heed the advice of Kevin Campbell.

Oregon State Hospital on Road to Recovery

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Its new superintendent intends to take the hospital to a more person-centered, recovery-based approach

November 4, 2010 -- It's time for Oregon to be known for something other than being the setting of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, says the new superintendent of the Oregon State Hospital.

Getting to a Mental Health Budget

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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