A January report stems from a 2012 agreement between the U.S. Justice Department and the state, after federal investigators examined whether Oregon’s community mental health care services complied with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The investigation followed the federal inquiry of the state hospital.
READ – US DOJ Interim Report to the State of Oregon – PDF
READ – statement by DOJ on failures of OHA – PDF
READ – OHS chief Tina Eklund’s lame response, as prepared for The Oregonian – PDF
The “Interim Report to the State of Oregon” found:
Costs: Care at the Oregon State Hospital runs an estimated $945 a day or about $344,925 a year per person. The state largely bears the costs because Medicaid doesn’t make reimbursements for care at the hospital. Intensive community treatment would cost less, partly because Medicaid applies. The annual cost of supporting someone through Assertive Community Treatment services (teams of psychiatrists, nurses and social workers who provide individualized care) is $15,000 per person. Medicaid would reimburse $9,366, so the costs to Oregon would be $5,634 per person. The annual savings to the state would be $236,286 to $339,361 per person.