Civic Engagement

UPDATE! (7/11/2013) HB3407 Passed (Traditional Health Workers). SB823 did not pass, however, there are funds for the State of Oregon, Oregon Health Authority, Addictions & Mental Health Division for Children's Mental Health and Adult Mental Health totaling over $30 Million including specific projects such as EASA expansion statewide.

UPDATE! (5/13/2013) See Audio Link for May 14 below. THANKS TO ALL WHO CAME on Tuesday May 14th 2013, 3:00PM, Room H170 at the Oregon capitol, 900 Court Street, Salem, OR 97301, where the Joint Ways & Means Committee held a public hearing on HB2594 which "...[c]reates a new out-patient civil commitment system that allows commitment outside a hospital for those who are NOT presently a danger to self or others." Visit OregonLive for details with BillTracker: http://gov.oregonlive.com/bill/2013/HB2594/.

The bill authorizes a community mental health program director to recommend that a person subject to a civil commitment proceeding be placed in assisted outpatient treatment if probable cause does not exist to believe that the person is a person with mental illness. Assisted outpatient treatment means a person can be treated without being taken into custody or forced to take medication. The community mental health program director is required to make a recommendation to the court on a treatment plan for the person participating in assisted outpatient treatment. Also, the court may issue an order requiring the person to participate in assisted outpatient treatment if the court makes certain findings concerning whether the person has a mental disorder, is incapable of surviving safely in the community without treatment, and requires treatment to prevent deterioration in the person