Oregon Health and Science University is increasing the reimbursements for mental health care provided through its mental health system by 10 percent, the agency said Wednesday.
The agency also is increasing payment rates for mental illness and behavioral health services to $1,500 per month.
The agency also announced that it is also establishing a new “Mental Health Collaborative” to support collaboration between mental health providers and local health departments to reduce barriers to care and improve access to mental health.
The move comes as Oregon ranks among the most permissive states in the nation when it comes to mental illness treatment.
It ranks among five states in terms of rates of hospitalizations and suicides.
“We believe mental health is a human right, and we need to ensure the best possible care is available to all Oregonians,” said Oregon Health Commissioner David Lassen.
“By increasing reimbursement for mental and behavioral illnesses, we are creating the conditions that will allow Oregon to better serve our citizens and reduce costs for Oregon families.”
The agency will begin implementing the new mental health reimbursement system in July.
The Mental Health Collaboration will be an important tool in the future, Lasson said.
“This is a key element of mental wellness that is very much needed in Oregon.”