Marion County commissioners consider funding for drug addiction and mental health treatment

The Marion County Board of Commissioners is meeting Wednesday to consider two Oregon Health Authority grants for community programs. The programs provide substance abuse treatment and cater to people facing criminal charges who are deemed unable to help and assist in their own defense.


Commissioners will consider accepting approximately $6.42 million from the health authority to operate and contract for addiction treatment services through December 2023. The Measure 110 Oversight and Accountability Board of the l Oregon, created after the passage of the state law to get drug addicts out of jails and into clinics, gives at least one grant to every county and federally recognized tribe in Oregon.

The council will also consider accepting about $902,000 from the agency for programs for people deemed unable to help in their defense, due to mental illness or disability. The number of patients admitted to Oregon State Hospital after being deemed unfit to sue “is at an unsustainable level”, according to the agenda item, and it is growing difficult for community mental health programs to make services available to those who are not. requiring hospital-level care. The funding would be retroactive to July 2022 and last until June 2023.

Commissioners will consider extending the county’s 10-year cable television contract with Comcast of Oregon to include unincorporated areas of Marion County through June 2028. Comcast is beginning to expand service nationwide. Marion County and is seeking franchise agreements with cities across the county. “As they expand their infrastructure to these cities, they would then like to provide similar services to potential customers in unincorporated areas of Marion County to the extent that Comcast is willing to develop related infrastructure,” the report said. item on the agenda.

The board will consider adding approximately $102,000 to a contract with the Federal Bureau of Land Management for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office to patrol BLM lands through September 2023. This would bring the contract total at around $269,000.

They will also consider a contract with the City of Salem, which would contribute $600,000 for structural capacity improvements on Southeast Culver Drive. The city has proposed to connect the county road to Gaia Street, a city street, as part of the development of an industrial shopping complex on the 29.5-acre plot, according to city documents. “Culver Drive does not have the structural capacity to support the commercial traffic anticipated by the development,” the agenda item reads.

Meeting details: The commissioners meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the senator’s hearing room at 555 Court Street NE. Anyone can register to give public feedback in person at the meeting. The meeting is broadcast live on YouTube.

Contact journalist Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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