Six years ago, investigators from the U.S. Justice Department took a hard look at Oregon’s mental health system. Eventually they released a report that revealed a number of apparent “deficiencies.” This week, news broke that an agreement may have been reached.
The Salem Statesman Journal reported on new correspondence between the two agencies, describing a proposal in which federal officials and hired mental health experts would work with the state to “identify and plug" gaps in the system.
According one of the letters, federal involvement could last for “several years,” but it also said that if the changes “materialize as envisioned,” the investigation could be resolved without legal action being taken.
“It is contemplated that this process will successfully resolve our investigation once an array of essential community services are in place and positive outcomes are being achieved on agreed-upon metrics,” federal officials wrote.