State Laws Prevent Needed Help

EUGENE, Ore. — Staff at Lane County Behavioral Health Services say their hands are tied in certain situations. Tuesday night’s incident where a man allegedly attacked two women with a pick ax in Springfield is one example of that. The suspect’s mother in this case partially blamed the incident on the fact that her son … Continue reading »

Victim Details Apparent Pick Ax Attack

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A day after a man allegedly attacked two women with a pick ax in Springfield — the victims and the mother of the suspect are speaking out. One of the victims describes Tuesday’s attack as brutal and insane as the suspect repeatedly swung at them with a pick ax. “He would’ve caught … Continue reading »

Lane County Tackles Mental Health Issues

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County is taking major steps to help more people gain access to mental health services by earning a $500,000 training grant to tackle the issue. Lane County Behavioral Health Services Manager Katharine Schneider says many of those who frequent the Lane County Jail may share something in common. “People with a … Continue reading »

Local Mental Health Treatment Resources

EUGENE, Ore. — For some veterans, it can be mentally challenging to adjust to civilian life after military experience. Student vets at the University of Oregon say the mental health between veterans vary; some are just fine while others need the help, but not all people know about resources out there that can help. For … Continue reading »

Mental Health Services Expanding

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County Public Health is getting ready to expand its mental health services and a multi-million dollar grant is helping bring new programs to the county’s behavioral health program. This $2.4 million dollars will be split into six different areas, all working toward early intervention to help those suffering from mental illness. … Continue reading »

Mental Health Facility to Open in 2014

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — After years of planning, it’s full speed ahead for a new mental health facility. The Oregon legislature approved full funding for the project Monday. The secure, three-story state mental health hospital will serve 174 patients. Most of the patients in the state system have been convicted of a crime, but found … Continue reading »

Mental Health Resources Available

EUGENE, Ore. — In light of recent events, like the tragedy in Newtown, mental health is becoming an important issue across the country. Lane County Public Health wants to make sure people know about mental health resources that are available. Overall, 33 percent of Oregon adults report poor mental health. In Lane County in 2005 … Continue reading »

State of Mental Health in Lane County

EUGENE, Ore. — The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut spurred a nationwide debate surrounding gun control in our nation. The tragedy also highlighted the state of mental health in our country. It forced states to look at their services. Lane County is leading the way when it comes to providing health care. Like many counties across … Continue reading »

Drug Drop Box Coming to OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. — An anonymous way of disposing drugs is coming to Oregon State University. It was spearheaded by the campus’ Active Minds chapter, an organization that promotes mental health and well-being. Students will be able to drop off leftover prescription drugs, no questions asked. “There has been a few losses here at OSU so … Continue reading »

Health Managers Push for Education

EUGENE, Ore. — National Public Health Week is in full swing, and Lane County health managers are pushing education. Each floor of the Health and Human Services Building has a special purpose dedicated to health of the community. Floor one focuses on basic health care. The first thing you see is the Charnelton Health Clinic. … Continue reading »

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