Oregon behavioral health providers warn of ‘collapse’ of system to treat children

Even before 2020, people familiar with the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Network for Youth in Oregon often called it inadequate. Providers are now warning that the behavioral health system has been in crisis for nearly two years in the pandemic.Mark Graves

Nearly two years into the pandemic, the mental health and substance abuse treatment and treatment system for children and adolescents in Oregon is operating at very low capacity, just as young people desperately need it.

Since the summer, Governor Kate Brown’s caregivers and government officials have warned of the potentially dire consequences after the pandemic dealt one blow after another to Oregon residential programs and centers providing mental health and addiction treatment for young adults, many of whom are in foster care.

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