Reimbursement hikes included in $517M Oregon behavioral health workforce funds

The Oregon Health Authority released the first portion of a $517 million mental health workforce fund, the Portland Business Journal reported May 27.

The agency is dispensing workforce stability grants to 159 behavioral health organizations, with a median award of $334,000, the report said. 

A $42.5 million portion was allocated in 2021 to increasing provider payment rates, the report said. If approved, intensive children's psychiatric care would see a 37 percent rate increase, and substance use residential treatment programs would see a 32 percent increase.

"These resources are intended to provide immediate support to behavioral health workers and give programs a sustainable base of funding they can count on to make behavioral health treatment more accessible and equitable in Oregon," OHA Behavioral Health Director Steve Allen said in a statement, according to the Portland Business Journal.

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