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During a recent special legislative session in 2008, then Senator Margaret Carter proposed a bill to quantify where the money spent on Mental Health in Oregon was being spent. The results of that study were that nearly 40% of all mental health care tax dollars in Oregon were spent on the State Hospital system. Given that the number of persons treated by the State Hospital in any given year numbers approximately 1000 and serious mental illness strikes many more thousands than that, the need to carefully look at how money is spent is a very relevant topic. The Department of Justice CRIPA report also suggests that multiple persons who are well enough to be placed in community treatment facilities languish for months in the State Hospital system suggests that the real problem area right now is the lack of structured community treatment.
When I attended the Phase One hearings on the new State Hospital plan, the reporters suggested that a major problem in Oregon was the lack of an intake and reintegration system for citizens with mental health issues. To date that system has not been addressed. Until it is, any new facility will continue to house people in the most expensive and potentially unproductive manner. The money can be spent on better facilities to assist citizens in dealing with their issues of care and still protect public safety.
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