Out of Salem: One in Eighteen Oregon Adults Suffer Mental Illness

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Mental illness | 0 comments


This is a press release from the Oregon Senate President in Salem, publicized on February 6, 2013. Minor modifications have been made.

 On February 6, 2013, Oregon’s Senate President Peter Courtney called on members of the Oregon Legislature to make a “game changing” increase in funding for community mental health services in Oregon a top revenue and budget priority. This would impact not only Salem mental health services but mental health services throughout the state of Oregon.

“It’s been almost a decade since the discovery of the Room of Lost Souls prompted the Legislature to act to replace the Oregon State Hospital,” Courtney said  “It’s a shame, but perhaps recent tragedies in Oregon and other states will finally force us to confront this widespread problem in our state. If we are willing to tackle this issue, we can dramatically improve the quality of life for thousands of Oregonians.”

Statistics indicate that one in eight children, and one in 18 adults in Oregon suffers from mental illness. The Oregon Health Authority also reports that the state is currently serving less than half the adults and slightly more than one-third of the young people who need treatment.

Courtney said officials in OHA’s Division of Addictions and Mental Health  indicate that an additional $331 million is needed to fully fund community mental health services.

Nearly $285 million is needed for crisis services, case management, outpatient programs and housing for mentally ill adults. Another $46 million is needed for programs for children and young adults.

“We need services that can intervene and make a difference in someone’s life before they wind up in the Oregon State Hospital or one of our prisons,” Courtney said. “More than half of the adults with mental illness are slipping through the cracks.”

The earlier mental illness is identified and treated the better the outcome, the Senate President said, adding that increasing funding for services for Oregonians ages 0 to 25 is critical.

“Nearly two-thirds of young Oregonians who need mental health services aren’t getting them,” said Courtney (D-Salem/Gervais/Woodburn) “We have to do better. Before we can fill their minds with knowledge, we need to make sure their minds are healthy.”

The Senate President said he is working to identify potential dedicated funding sources to provide the additional funding needed for community mental health treatment.

“If we’re going to get serious about treating mental illness in our state, we have to get serious about funding mental health services in our state,” Courtney said. “It’s too important to put off any longer.”


Footnote: Additional listings to this press release include the following:

mental health Salem Oregon

Salem health psychology and mental health

Salem mental health

Posted on July 26, 2013

Howard Brockman, LCSW



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