County considers adding additional staff to Health Department

Staff believe the new positions will help ensure clients properly get connected to the services they need, and will also become another resource people can rely on.

Posted: Jan. 29, 2018 5:46 PM
Updated: Jan. 29, 2018 5:46 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane County Commissioners are slated to discuss additional staffing at the Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday.

KEZI spoke with Carla Ayres with Lane County Behavioral Health Services. She believes adding four case management positions to the department will improve the quality of work and enhance services. Ayres said adding the new positions has been in the works for a few years. She adds that the new positions will help ensure clients properly get connected to the services they need, and will also become another resource people can rely on.

She hopes the new positions will help increase access to services the department and county offers.

"This is going to allow us the arms to reach out and really connect with the folks who have mental health needs, get them engaged with services and really reduce the challenges the public safety system is facing as well as the community as a whole," said Ayres.


If the board approves the new positions, she believes the department will be able to serve an additional 75 people in the first year of service, and an additional 300 individuals over the next three years.

Ayres said the new positions will be paid for through grant funds as well as the department's budget.

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