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Oregon legislature passed many new investments in behavioral health

| Jun 30, 2021 | Oregon

The 2021 Oregon Legislative Assembly adjourned Saturday, June 26th, marking the end of this year’s legislative session. Among the many health-related bills that passed, Rep. Rob Nosse said this session  featured significant new investments to support the behavioral and mental health of Oregonians.       “The 81st session will be...[ Read More ]

Legislature passed OHA budget as session ends

| Jun 28, 2021 | Oregon

The Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 5024 which contains the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) budget Saturday as the legislative session drew to a close. No program cuts were made in this budget which runs contrary to Gov. Brown’s recommended budget in December when revenue was forecasted to be low. Key...[ Read More ]

LifeWorks NW clinics are struggling with workforce and funding

| Jun 18, 2021 | Oregon

Behavioral health service providers are struggling to aid their needy populations in Oregon. During a time when more individuals are seeking behavioral health care, leaders at LifeWorks NW said workforce and funding shortages make it difficult to meet their patients’ needs.     According to CDC data, Oregon has the...[ Read More ]

School-based health center use by K-12 students dropped during early part of pandemic, but behavioral health need remained high

| Jun 17, 2021 | Oregon

While school-based health centers saw monthly visits by Oregon K-12 students drop between the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years due to pandemic-related school closures, they remained a vital health care access point for young people—particularly in the area of behavior health. According to Oregon Health Authority’s 2021 Oregon School-Based Health Centers...[ Read More ]

Joint human services subcommittee passes OHA budget bill

| Jun 16, 2021 | Oregon

The Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Services passed the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) budget bill, HB 5024, on Wednesday.      This is the bill’s first movement since mid-March and signifies the start of the push towards the final biennium budget for OHA. Oregon’s legislative session is scheduled...[ Read More ]

Lori Coyner to leave Medicaid Director role to focus on new 1115 Medicaid waiver agreement with the federal government

| Jun 9, 2021 | Oregon

Lori Coyner, the director of Oregon’s Medicaid program, will leave her current role at the end of this month to serve as primary leader to provide strategic guidance in the development of Oregon’s next 1115 Medicaid waiver agreement with the federal government. In her role, Coyner will be instrumental in...[ Read More ]

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