Big Changes Needed – Secretary of State’s Audit of Children’s Behavioral Health System in Oregon

The Secretary of State Audits Division has reviewed the chronic and systemic issues in Oregon’s mental health treatment system and found a range of problems that leave children and their families in crisis.   The office of the Secretary of State found (1) data shortfalls, (2) workforce shortages, (3) statutes that fail to support effective and efficient delivery of mental health treatments, (4) inadequate monitoring of General Fund dollars for community mental health programs, and (5) a lack of consistent leadership, strategic vision and governance, which creates system disarray.   

The report makes 22 recommendations to OHA to address these problems.  OHA agreed with all of the recommendations.   The report and OHA’s response can be found in this document.