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Instead of the Oregon Health Authority welcoming the plan for a new psychiatric hospital, they continue to put up roadblocks

Psychiatric hospital probably won't happen

First the state closed down Dammasch State Hospital (where Villebois now sits), and other Oregon mental facilities or allowed them to deteriorate. The state said it was going to integrate these patients into our communities. With few exceptions, this was a bust. You've only to talk to homeless or incarcerated individuals to quickly realize that a large percentage of them have had mental health issues. There is certainly a great need for mental health facilities.

Universal Health Services has applied to build a psychiatric hospital at the corner of Boones Ferry and Day Roads. So instead of the Oregon Health Authority welcoming the plan, they continue to put up roadblocks. One of its demands is that only 60 beds be built instead of 100, making the whole project financially infeasible. Universal Health offered to build only 60 beds for two years but to increase to 100 after that. That offer I suspect will be turned down.

So instead of having a facility to help some people, the state would rather not help any. Thus, Oregon will remain 49th of 50 states for mental healthcare. Just another bad decision made for Oregon by a useless state government.

Doris Wehler

Wilsonville


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