- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon has created a three-year plan to improve mental health care access after a federal investigation found problems with the system.

The Statesman Journal reports (https://stjr.nl/2aPsDLs ) that officials hope the Oregon Performance Plan will decrease hospitalization and jail time. The Oregon Health Authority plan would bolster efforts in 10 areas, including community treatment and crisis services.

A lengthy 2012 investigation by the federal Department of Justice concluded that Oregon was not fully complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

OHA Director Lynne Saxton said Thursday that she does not yet have a cost estimate for the program. She also countered concerns that the agency is just responding to scrutiny from the DOJ, saying it is focused on implementing the plan and willing to be held accountable to it.


Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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