Letter outlines Oregon’s ‘long overdue’ promises to feds

The Oregonian, Jan. 24, 2014

Oregon State Hospital

The DOJ’s report found that Oregon mental health care continues to rely on restrictive care options like Oregon State Hospital.

A U.S. Justice Department investigator Friday, in a letter to a supervisor, outlined the steps that Oregon mental health care officials have promised to take in response to a federal report this month criticizing Oregon’s community-based mental health care system.

Judy Preston, deputy chief of the special litigation section in the Justice Department’s civil rights division, wrote that the state’s proposals “are a long overdue first step in addressing the gaps in Oregon’s community-based system.”

READ – Letter from Judy Preston to John Dunbar, DOJ, re plan to reform Oregon MH, 1-24-14 (PDF, 185KB)

READUS DOJ Report on State of Oregon’s Progress on Integration of Community Mental Health and Compliance with ADA 1-2-14 (PDF, 242KB)

Federal investigators also asked Pam Martin, the new director of the Oregon Health Authority’s Addictions and Mental Health Division, to have “at least quarterly conversations” with them and give them advance copies of any proposed projects before launching them… Continue reading at OregonLive.com