- Associated Press - Saturday, September 6, 2014

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - One of the last resorts for mentally ill people in Eugene suffering a crisis will be closed this month after a change in state health care policy took one-third of a shelter’s money.

The Royal Avenue Program’ shelter, based in a former motel, offers beds plus short-term care provided by caseworkers and counselors during mental health hospitalization.

The shelter accommodated 19 people at a time, usually housing them for about a week while they moved into other treatment. Last year, the shelter served 369 people.

Lane County public health spokesman Jason Davis says the expansion of the Oregon Health Plan means there are fewer indigent, uninsured mentally ill people who need short-term crisis housing.

With fewer clients forecast to be in indigent programs, the state is reducing contracts with agencies.

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