HB 2949

  • Oregon House Bill
  • 2021 Regular Session
  • Introduced in House Jan 11, 2021
  • House
  • Senate
  • Governor

Relating to mental health; declaring an emergency.

Abstract

Requires Mental Health Regulatory Agency] Oregon Health Authority to establish program to improve Black, indigenous and people of color] provide incentives to increase recruitment and retention of mental health workforce, including pipeline development, scholarships for undergraduates and stipends for graduate students, loan repayments and retention activities. Directs authority to expand funding, develop programs and provide incentives to improve access to culturally responsive behavioral health services by tribal members, people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, veterans, persons with disabilities, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, individuals with limited English proficiency, individuals working in correctional facilities, residents of rural areas and other underserved communities. Directs agency to provide up to $15,000 in student loan forgiveness to mental health professionals working in mental health professional shortage area.] Directs Oregon Health] authority to provide funding to counties, community mental health programs and organizations to support individuals to transition from incarceration back into community. Directs Mental Health Agency] authority to provide grants to licensed practitioners to pay costs of providing supervision of mental health practitioners in private practice. Requires employers of mental health workers to pay supervision costs of workers. Requires Oregon Health] authority to provide funding to Black, indigenous, people of color and immigrant communities] community mental health programs and private practitioners to ensure access to mental health care by communities disproportionately challenged by COVID-19. Appropriates moneys to agency and] authority to carry out provisions of Act. Prohibits insurers from refusing to credential mental health associates.] Creates Task Force on Expanding the Mental Health Workforce. Specifies membership and duties. Requires report to interim committees of Legislative Assembly with recommendations for loosening restrictions on formerly incarcerated individuals obtaining licenses to provide mental health care.] Limits to 1,200 number of hours of supervised clinical experience required to be licensed as professional counselor or marriage and family therapist.] Changes name of "licensed professional counselor intern" and "licensed marriage and family therapist intern" to "licensed professional counselor associate" and "licensed marriage and family therapist associate." Declares emergency, effective on July 1, 2021.

Bill Sponsors (14)

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Actions


Apr 15, 2021

House

Referred to Ways and Means by prior reference.

Apr 15, 2021

House

Recommendation: Do pass with amendments, be printed A-Engrossed, and be referred to Ways and Means by prior reference.

Apr 12, 2021

House

Work Session held.

Apr 07, 2021

House

Public Hearing held.

Mar 03, 2021

House

Public Hearing held.

Jan 20, 2021

House

Referred to Behavioral Health with subsequent referral to Ways and Means.

Jan 11, 2021

House

First reading. Referred to Speaker's desk.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
A-Engrossed PDF
House Amendments to Introduced PDF
Introduced PDF
HBH Amendment -26 PDF

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