5 Things to Do in Oregon: Mobile Crisis Services, Thematic Agenda, Q&A with Dr. Melinda Davis – Case of Reform

In this month’s newsletter, we feature a conversation about rural health care with ORPRN’s Dr. Melinda Davis, a video on federal health policy from HHS Regional Director (District 10) Ingrid O’Leary, and details of Oregon’s recently approved mobile crisis services Medicaid program.

We also have some updates on our next site Oregon State Reform Health Policy Conference 2022 which you will find below.

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1. Video: HHS’s Ingrid Olery discusses national health priorities

Ingrid Olerythe regional director for District 10 in the US Department of Health and Human Services, discussed HHS’ top three national health issues during a keynote speech on State of Reform. she says Top priorities, as directed by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, include response to and recovery from COVID-19, the National Mental Health Strategy, health equity, coverage and access.

During the conversation, O’Leary highlighted recent federal investments aimed at addressing behavioral health challenges facing the country. She said the Biden administration’s mental health strategy includes many different elements. “One is addressing chronic workforce shortages, which is a challenge across healthcare, but I would say more in depth about behavioral health and long-term care. The second is the integration of behavioral health into primary care and schools.” A video of her full notes is available over here.

2. ICYMI: Thematic agenda is now available!

In case you missed it, we recently released a objective agenda to Oregon State Reform Health Policy Conference 2022 Coming on October 25th. Take a look to see the timeline of panel discussions focusing on issues including workforce, cost of care, behavioral health, and the long-term effects of COVID on the health system.

Also, be sure to keep an eye out for our detailed schedule, which we’ll be releasing in just a few weeks. It will include the full list of the 60 speakers we will be lining up at this event. If you haven’t done so already registeredWe are glad to have you join us!

3. HHS Approves Medicaid Mobile Crisis Services Program

HHS Announced this week Its approval of OHA’s proposal to cover community mobile crisis intervention services through Medicaid. The agency stated: “The amendment to Oregon’s new Medicaid plan will allow community stabilization services to be provided to individuals experiencing mental health and/or substance abuse crises across the state by connecting them to a behavioral health professional 24 hours a day, every day. the year. “

The new Medicaid option became available in March 2022 through the US Bailout Act, which Allocate $15 million for planning grants for 20 state Medicaid agencies to pursue these programs. mobile crisis Services include Screening, evaluation, stabilization, de-escalation, and coordination with other services as needed. Oregon is the first state to seek and receive approval for this program.

4. Question and answer: Dr. Melinda Davis, ORPRN

Dr. Melinda Davis She is the interim director of the Oregon Rural Practice Based Research Network, where she is Collaborates with patient, community and health system partners to identify and address health disparities in rural and disadvantaged areas. in This is a question and answerDavis discusses ongoing efforts in the state that aim to screen more rural Oregonians for cancer.

one project CCOs and rural clinics are gathering to improve colon and rectal cancer screening rates in the hope of detecting cancers early and improving outcomes. “We are using this collaborative model to help overcome challenges in rural areas by identifying eligible patients and helping to focus the administrative aspects of the program,” warmSays. “One thing our research seems to show is that these types of partnerships have a lot of potential to help health care practices, and even more so in times of stress like the pandemic.”

5. OHA Announces 4 New Regional Alliances for Health Equality

Last month , OHA announced Create 4 new regional alliances for health equity. Regional health centers are community-led groups Which aims to Identify and develop solutions to pressing health equity issues. New coalitions include: Eastern Oregon Health Equity Alliance (Moro and Union counties), Willamette Valley Health Equity Alliance (Marion and Polk counties), South Coast Equity Alliance (Cowes and Curry counties), and Transponder (Lynn and Douglas counties).

groups Focused on creating sustainable policy and long-term system solutions for priority populations including tribal, immigrant and color communities. OHA says it is currently working on adding 5 additional alliances in the 2023-2025 biennium, which would bring the mandate to 15 alliances.

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