January 4, 2024
Tim Heider, Behavioral Health Services Strategic Communications Officer
Elisabeth Shepard, Press Secretary to Governor Kotek
Governor Kotek Announces $25 Million Partnership with Coordinated Care Organizations to Expand Behavioral Health Capacity
Funding for projects that will serve youth, meet the greatest need, and are geographically diverse
Salem, OR — Today, Governor Tina Kotek announced a $25 million partnership with Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) across the state, with a focus on expanding youth behavioral health services.
“Oregon needs more treatment options to help young people in our state who are struggling with serious behavioral health issues,” Governor Kotek said. “The state and CCOs developed a plan to reinvest surplus Medicaid dollars into Oregon communities, and this partnership will support youth behavioral health projects that we desperately need.”
The Governor’s Office and CCOs have identified four projects that serve youth, meet the greatest need, and are geographically diverse. The investment are as follows:
- $13.2 million to the Trillium Family Services Project located in the Portland Metro area to spur new psychiatric residential treatment beds (PRTS) capacity.
- $7.5 million to the Adapt Project, based in Douglas County. This investment will support a new campus currently underway in the region that will provide treatment beds.
- $2.3 million to the Looking Glass Project in Lane County to expand PRTS capacity.
- $2 million to Community Counseling Solutions Project in Morrow County. This investment will close a funding gap for new PRTS.
The partnership was formed in response to record, unanticipated profits among CCOs accrued during the COVID-19 pandemic. While CCOs provided the Governor with a financial accounting of community reinvestments from 2020-2023, the Governor requested CCOs to work together collectively to reinvest an additional $25 million. In response, CCOs collaborated and assessed projects that would support statewide access and benefit from one-time resources. The partnership was officiated through a Memorandum of Understanding between CCOs, providers, and the Oregon Health Authority, which were signed by all parties as of today.
“I commend CCOs for working as a system to be a part of the solution for our statewide challenges,” OHA’s Behavioral Health Director Ebony Clarke said. “These investments will help spur and close projects that will propel the state forward in closing key program gaps that have been exacerbated by fentanyl in recent years. I look forward to this partnership making a real difference in Oregon communities.”
“Adapt has developed plans for a Recovery Campus and with the generous support of the CCOs, under Governor Kotek’s leadership, we now have the funding to move forward on construction,” said Dr. Greg Brigham, CEO of Adapt Integrated Health Care. “The Recovery Campus, located on 40 acres just east of Roseburg, will replace antiquated facilities and more than triple usable residential capacity from 40 beds to approximately 118 beds. This resource will result in access to life saving care for those who need it, when they need it.”
“At the request of the Governor, CCO’s quickly came together and agreed to make a collective $25 million dollar behavioral health investment for the benefit of all CCO members including a project in Eastern Oregon with Community Counseling Solutions,” Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization CEO Sean Jessup said. “We are excited to see the positive impact that these investments will make in our state.”