On Thursday, Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogan proposed using one-time funds in order to fill most the $11 million in state funding cuts to Multnomah County mental health services. There will still be some unknown cut in services but $7.8 million of the $11 million in lost funding will be preserved including almost all mental health funding. The county will be voting on the proposal at a meeting on September 15 at 9:30am. Please join Empower Oregon at the meeting and let your voice be heard to protect these vital services.
However, the proposed fix is coming mostly from one-time funds that will not be available next year and without legislative action Multnomah County will be facing even larger funding shortfalls for FY 2013. The State of Oregon is currently in the process of transforming the entire Healthcare system including mental health services. This transformation will affect both funding and access to services. It is vital that your voice is heard during this process. Please click here if you would like more information and to be involved.