A Report on America’s Health Care System for Adults with Serious Mental Illness
Grading the States 2009: A Report on America’s Health Care Sytem for Adults with Serious Mental Illness
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Oregon: C

Grading the States 2009 Report Card: Oregon

Oregon has a diverse landscape that mirrors the many faces of its public mental health system. The state has many pockets of excellence, yet services can vary significantly between counties and regions. In 2006, the state received a C. Three years later, the grade remains the same. Full narrative (PDF).

Grades by Category Detailed Score Card (PDF)

  1. Health Promotion and Measurement: C 25% of Total Grade
    Basic measures, such as the number of programs delivering evidence-based practices, emergency room wait-times, and the quantity of psychiatric beds by setting.
  2. Financing & Core Treatment/Recovery Services: B 45% of Total Grade
    A variety of financing measures, such as whether Medicaid reimburses providers for all, or part of evidence-based practices; and more.
  3. Consumer & Family Empowerment: F 15% of Total Grade
    Includes measures such as consumer and family access to essential information from the state, promotion of consumer-run programs, and family and peer education and support.
  4. Community Integration and Social Inclusion: B 15% of Total Grade
    Includes activities that require collaboration among state mental health agencies and other state agencies and systems.


  • Emphasis on evidence-based practices and recovery
  • Early Assessment and Support Team (EAST) program
  • "N2K" Nursing Education Program

Urgent Needs

  • Address Oregon State Hospital failures
  • Community placements for consumers in state hospital
  • More consistent and accessible community mental health services

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Grading the States 2006 Report Card: Oregon

"Services at the state hospital have been provided in very old facilities with limited staffing BUT many of the staff appear to truly care, which is amazing considering their extremely difficult and undercompensated jobs."
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Mike Fitzpatrick, NAMI Executive Director

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