Wrestling with the struggle to find a provider

At the 2021 Oregon legislative session, a mental health crisis was declared, and funding was authorized to expand access to mental health services to all residents with a focus on Medicaid residents.

In our society, people often struggle to find any provider who will accept new patients, and it is even difficult to find a suitable one for them. Every local newspaper has published stories describing the effects of this crisis on individual citizens.

For those enrolled in an Oregon Health Plan (OHP), it is nearly impossible to access because Pacific Source has a policy that greatly increases the problem of lack of access.

In the Salem area, OHP is served by Pacific Source CCO. The OHP requires that members be appointed to a CCO unless they request and meet the criteria for an exception to be “open card,” meaning that they are not assigned to a plan.

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