Oregon Transforms Behavioral Health Care
In 2021, the Oregon Legislature appropriated $1.35 billion to transform Oregon's behavioral health system. These investments represent a turning point for behavioral health in Oregon. The investments recognize the need for improved services, the impact of the pandemic, and the need to transform the way we do things to meet our goal of achieving health equity by 2030.
To use the legislature's allocation most effectively, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) looked at its services and prioritized five areas for transformation and funding:
Aid and Assist: Funding to provide treatment, housing and other supports for people who are not competent to face a criminal proceeding due to the severity of their mental health issue.
Behavioral Health Crisis System and 988: Funding to improve Oregon's system for crisis care and support, including development of a 24/7 hotline for people experiencing a behavioral health crisis.
Ballot Measure 110 implementation: Funding for drug treatment and recovery services in Oregon counties.
Behavioral Health Housing/Social Determinants of Health: Funding for expansion of residential settings for people with serious and persistent mental illness.
Behavioral Health Workforce: Funding for behavioral health providers for staff compensation, workforce retention and recruitment.
Investment/Innovation: Funding to better coordinate access to care, incentivize culturally and linguistically specific services, invest in workforce diversity and support staff recruitment.
The following report and spending document outline OHA's work to allocate funds, while setting up new programs that will truly transform Oregon's behavioral health care system.
Read OHA's progress report about Key Behavioral Health Investments (2021-2023) >>