Letter outlines steps Oregon will take to increase community-based mental health options

The Oregonian, Jan. 24, 2014

US Dept of Justice seal - gold on black backgroundA 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.

READJudy Preston’s letter to supervisor John Dunbar, DOJ, 1-24-14 (PDF, 185KB)

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.”

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