Last week, the Oregon Legislature allocated $80 million to build a psychiatric hospital in Junction City. The construction of this facility represents phase two of the Oregon State Hospital Replacement Project, which the Oregon Legislature designated $458 million for in 2007. Phase one targeted the state hospital in Salem, long considered an antiquated, mismanaged facility until it was overhauled in 2011.
The proposal’s critics maintain that the funding should be spent on community care centers, which can provide better, more targeted care for Oregonians with mental health issues.
Do you have experience with the state psychiatric hospitals in Oregon? What kind of mental health facilities you like to see built in the future?
- Val Hoyle: Democratic State Representative from Junction City (District 14)
- Chris Bouneff: Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Oregon