Mar 06,2009 00:00
In order to preserve quality mental health services to Deschutes County residents, the Department of Health Services will reduce hours of operation on Fridays, beginning March 6. The reduction in hours will prevent staff layoffs and help the County prepare for expected cuts in State mental health funding.
"Our goal is to prevent unnecessary layoffs while keeping the quality of care and access for the uninsured as high as possible," according to Scott Johnson, Department Director. "As we've told our State Legislators and Commissioners, State and County funds are a lifeline for uninsured people in Deschutes County who need mental health care and alcohol and drug treatment."
Deschutes County Health Services provides or contracts for mental health, alcohol and drug, and gambling treatment services for residents of Deschutes County as well as a wide range of public health services. The Department also provides services for people with developmental disabilities in the local area.
For more information about these services, please visit www.deschutes.org or call 322-7500 (Mental Health) or call 322-7400 (Public Health).