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Updated April 26, 2021
April 23, 2021

We must prioritize mental health services in our schools

Suicide is a leading cause of youth death in Oregon; over 16% of 8th graders in Marion County have considered suicide in the last 12 months
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April 13, 2021
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Opinion: Don't let mental health system

fail our children

A 100-bed inpatient psychiatric facility has been proposed, which would dedicate 20 beds to an acute adolescent program. This privately funded facility would also offer acute adult psychiatric services and while also increasing the state's inpatient adolescent bed capacity by 50%.
April 6, 2021

Oregon Needs More Inpatient,

Psychiatric Beds

We write today to share our experiences and to promote the proposed Universal Health Services, Inc.'s behavioral health hospital in Wilsonville. 
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March 11, 2021

Certificate of Need process for proposed Wilsonville psychiatric hospital concludes

The Oregon Health Authority says it expects to provide a draft recommendation on decision of whether to allow the facility in the next 90 days.
December 9, 2020

Opinion: Eliminating Certificate of Need laws would improve health care.

It is clear that CON laws restrict health care supply, reduce quality, and increase costs of services, which are directly opposite to the laws’ intention. Oregon should repeal Certificate of Need laws and allow equal access to health care for Oregonians.
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September 29, 2020

Feds, State Fault Unity Center -- Again -- Following Complaints, Failure To Protect Patients

State and federal authorities have launched a new crackdown at Unity Center for Behavioral Health in Portland following complaints that the psychiatric emergency hospital has failed yet again to keep fragile mental health patients safe. 
September 28, 2020

Oregon wildfires hinder addiction, mental health recovery 

Between the coronavirus pandemic, social unrest, and widespread wildfires, 2020 has been an overwhelming year for many Americans. It’s been even worse for those coping with mental health and addiction issues.
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September 15, 2020
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Governor’s High-Level Behavioral Health Group Ends With Disappointment 

A high-powered governor's council for behavioral health has ended its work, leaving members disappointed in the group's failure to devise meaningful recommendations to move the needle on the state's mental health crisis.
September 9, 2020
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Unity Center for Behavioral Health responds to another round of patient safety complaints 

Unity has submitted a plan of correction to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Oregon Health Authority.
September 9, 2020
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State Audit: Oregon Failing Young People Struggling With Mental Health

The number of people ages 12 to 17 who have been diagnosed with a mental illness in Oregon outpaces the national average, yet Oregon ranks as one of the worst states in its ability to address mental health needs.
August 12, 2020

A rundown of policy and health budget changes during Oregon’s second special session

Oregon’s day-long second special session began and ended on Monday. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, legislators returned to the capitol to address an over $1 billion hole in the current two-year budget.
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August 25, 2020
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Oregon Health Authority Prepares For Potential 20% Budget Cut

A 20% cut in state dollars alone represents more than half a billion. In a prior budget exercise, when the Oregon Health Authority drew up scenarios for a potential 17% cut earlier this year for the rest of this budget cycle...
July 20, 2020

Brown’s Behavioral Health Strategy Mired In Chaos, ‘Profound Disappointment’ 

When Brown set up her Behavioral Health Advisory Council in October 2019, advocates and medical professionals had high hopes it would spark meaningful change. Instead, it's turned into a missed opportunity, critics say.
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June 15, 2020

COVID-19 strikes hard for those experiencing mental health issues

Scuffling out from the scrub brush at Juniper Ridge in Bend, pushing a green-hand-me-down medical scooter on one foot with no toes, Todd Yoder heads to the Mosaic Medical mobile van.
May 13, 2020

The Impact of Proposed OHA Budget Cuts

The Oregon Health Authority faces a budget shortfall that could jeopardize the health and lives of thousands of vulnerable Oregonians. 
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April 19, 2020

Advocates Ask Gov. Kate Brown to Take a Fresh Look at Long-Proposed Psychiatric Hospital

Proponents of bolstering Oregon's woeful mental health system, which regularly ranks among the nation's worst, appealed to Gov. Kate Brown on April 14, noting the COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the shortage of treatment options.
March 19, 2020

Oregon’s Burdened Mental Health System Faces New Challenges From Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has fueled anxieties across society, as people stay at home and avoid others and worry about contracting a deadly disease.

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March 13, 2020

Failed Legislative Session Adds To Pressure On Oregon's Mental Health System

The failure of Oregon’s 2020 legislative session has left many who have mental illnesses and are cycling through the criminal justice system in the familiar position of having to wait, at least a little longer, to get the help they need.

View a complete list of Oregon mental health news over the past three years here.