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Oregon denies vulnerable children and families adequate mental health care by failing to set a vision, smart accountability metrics, audit finds

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Oregon’s failure to ensure children and families covered by Medicaid are receiving adequate mental health care is harming children in foster care, state auditors said in a report this week. Stephanie Yao Long/ The OregonianLC- The Oregonian A new state audit says Oregon is failing to ensure vulnerable children and families are receiving the mental health care they need through the Oregon Health Plan, even as taxpayers shell out millions of dollars in performance bonuses to healthcare administration companies.

Despite the importance of mental health services, auditors say in the report released Wednesday that state health leaders failed for the last decade — under both Gov. Kate Brown and Gov. John Kitzhaber — to set a consistent plan or vision for providing these services, resulting in “system disarray.”

The human consequences of fragmented and delayed mental health care can be severe. Although the auditors examined at how the state is serving all children and families on Oregon’s version of the Medicaid program, they also looked specifically at the experiences of children in foster care.

Oregon child welfare officials have in recent years said they were forced to temporarily house children in state care at government offices, hotels and institutional settings such as […]

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