Douglas County gives up mental health programs

From, March 27, 2014

Two mental health programs in Douglas County are being turned over to an alliance of health care providers established by the state.

The Roseburg News-Review reports ( ) the two programs employ more than 100 county employees. Most of the workers will be offered positions through the new Umpqua Health Alliance.

The transition is part of Oregon’s effort to develop coordinated care organizations.

The health care providers within these organizations work together to handle physical, mental and dental health services for Oregon Health Plan patients.

Starting in July, the Umpqua Health Alliance will provide services for patients previously helped by the county’s Community Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities programs.

County Commissioner Susan Morgan says consolidating services will make the delivery of mental health care more efficient.