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The Oregon Health Forum Presents: Saving Oregon’s Ailing Mental Health System


Oregon ranks 50th in the nation for access to behavioral health care! Total inpatient capacity is 1/3 of the recommended per capita level & there are only 20 active adolescent beds in Oregon.

The Oregon Health Forum shared a panel that highlights ways in which we can save Oregon’s ailing mental health system. Hear from community leaders including; Senator Arnie Roblan, Steve Allen, Behavioral Health Direction from the Oregon Health Authority, Dr. Chandragiri, Salem-Keizer School Board Chair and psychiatrics, and more!

The Secretary of State did an audit looking back at mental health in Oregon over the past two decades. People that are involved in mental health professions are under supported and there is a shortage of people working in mental health occupations. High turnover in behavioral health roles, provider shortages.

Framework for system reform must be simple, responsive, and meaningful. Simplicity of access (right now its too hard to get service even when they’re available), patient centered care tailored to the individual, and healthcare services that improve functioning and enhance quality of life. Learn about the legislative session proposals to support youth and adults in Oregon. Suicide prevention, intervention and postvention team updates.

Dr. Chandragiri shares about his work and vision for suicide prevention in the community. The more we know, the more we can help. The Salem-Keizer school district has over 42,000 students. How does school connectedness and engagement impact our youth to protect against suicide and promote mental health?

Hear testimonies of how some of our community leaders experienced adversity and overcame it. Together, we can change the course of the future and make a brighter tomorrow for our community, our state, our nation, and our world.

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