DOJ slams Oregon’s emphasis on restrictive settings for mental health care

The Oregonian, Jan. 23, 2014

U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall

U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall

Oregon lags far behind where it needs to be in providing community treatment to people with serious mental illness, while it continues to support more costly restrictive inpatient settings, a new federal Justice Department report says.

The share of dollars Oregon spent on the state hospital and residential treatment centers actually increased in 2013 — from 69 percent to 74 percent of the state’s mental health funding for adults — while spending dropped for community-based services.

“It’s the opposite of what our investigation was designed to address,” Oregon’s U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall said Thursday….Continue reading at