[YSPNetwork] Oregon Governor seeks integrated solutions for youth mental health care
Donna.Noonan at state.or.us
Wed Mar 28 14:18:24 PST 2007
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Kulongoski seeks integrated solutions for youth mental health care
March 27, 2007
Gov. Ted Kulongoski wants Oregon children to have better access to
mental health services.
To ensure that happens, the governor today signed an executive order
establishing the Children's Wraparound Steering Committee to oversee
the development of an integrated care system for youth with mental
illnesses and their families.
"The issue of mental health care for Oregon children has been long
overlooked," Kulongoski said. "The time has come to develop an
integrated system of care for these children."
Kulongoski signed the order surrounded by young Oregonians and their
families whose lives have been adversely affected by mental-health
During the roundtable discussion, Devin Mayner, 16, a sophomore at
North Salem High School, shared his personal experience with mental
"I had a lot of anger toward the world. I felt alone and helpless,
felt I wasn't being heard," Mayner said. "I was doing and selling
drugs, my grades dropped, my sports. Life was not good for me at the
He said he was able to turn his life around after he began to receive
services from the Early Assessment and Support Team, a mid-Valley
behavioral care network that helps young people at risk of developing
"I'm even looking to graduate a year early," Mayner said.
Kulongoski emphasized the importance of investing in early
prevention and treatment programs to help deter youth with mental
illnesses from behavioral and substance abuse problems.
His budget proposes an investment of $4.3 million to expand the EAST
The governor also addressed the need to integrate and coordinate
services that help address developmental and behavioral disorders in
youth, saying they and their families often need services from
The shared agenda is intended to break down communication and
collaboration barriers that often occur between youth, families,
health providers and agencies, and schools.
The newly created steering committee is charged with developing
strategies aimed at improving cross-agency service coordination at the
state and local levels to help provide better care for children, youth
and their families.
Under the executive order, the committee must submit its plan to the
governor by October.
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