Governor Brown Submits Appointments for Senate Confirmation

Governor Brown Submits Appointments for Senate Confirmation

(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown yesterday submitted a list of state board and commission appointments to the Oregon Senate for confirmation. The Senate Rules Committee is scheduled to consider the nominations on May 22.

“I am deeply appreciative of the service of all of these candidates, who are dedicated to providing their invaluable expertise on so many issues,” said Governor Brown. “This dedication represents the Oregon way of coming together to collaboratively address issues and create prosperous lives for Oregonians both today and for generations to come.”

The full list of nominees is available online here.

Public meeting May 3 on county behavioral health lay-offs

Public meeting Thursday, May 3, on county behavioral health lay-offs

The impact of last week’s abrupt layoff of nine mental health and addiction counselors, and several part time staffers in the Lincoln County Department of Health and Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division will be the sole topic this Thursday [May 3] at the regular monthly public meeting of the Lincoln County Addiction Prevention and Recovery Committee (APARC), in Newport.

The committee (also known as the Local Alcohol and Drug Abuse Planning Committee) is the state-mandated addictions advisory committee for Lincoln County.

APARC Chair Chandler Davis said County Commissioner Doug Hunt, who directly oversees the health department and interim health department Director Rebecca Austen have both agreed to attend the meeting, along with County Attorney Wayne Belmont, to answer questions about the decision.

Davis is also the Vice Chair of the county’s state mandated Mental Health Advisory Committee (MHAC), which also meets on Thursdays, and he will be chairing both meetings, “This decision is of equal concern to the mental health committee, of course, but we meet consecutively so I was able to clear the APARC agenda to allow for an hour of discussion and questions immediately following the mental health meeting, between 1:30 and 2:30 pm.”

The two statutory citizens’ committees are responsible for assessing addiction and mental health needs in both the private and public sectors of the community and informing the county commissioners and the public. Members include treatment and prevention professionals, treatment consumers, and representatives from law enforcement and the courts, the medical community, and the faith community.

Both the mental health and addiction treatment impacts will be discussed at the meeting, and members of both committees will be urged to attend. Other members of the public — including county health department clients who will be directly impacted —  are encouraged to attend and will be allowed to participate in the discussion and to ask questions as time allows.

The two committees meet every first Thursday from noon to 2:30 pm in Room 207 at the health department’s temporary administrative headquarters in the Western Title Building half a block south of Newport City Hall, at 255 SW Coast Highway. For more information, call or email Lauri Snow at the committees’ county office at 541-265-0441 or ldsnow@co.lincoln.or.us

Governor Brown Celebrates Future Ready Opportunities in Eastern Oregon

Governor Brown Celebrates Future Ready Opportunities in Eastern Oregon

(La Grande, OR) — Governor Kate Brown celebrated Eastern Oregon University‘s (EOU) campus expansion and official designation as Oregon’s Rural University. The Governor’s visit to La Grande was part of a three-day tour of Eastern Oregon to highlight new investments and programs in the region that support the Governor’s Future Ready Oregon initiative. The initiative, announced earlier this year, closes the gap between the skills Oregon’s workers have and the skills Oregon’s growing businesses need to thrive in the economy of the future.

“The strength of communities in Eastern Oregon and the local economy depends on students who are prepared for the workforce of the future,” Governor Kate Brown said. “Thanks to new and collaborative initiatives and an investment from the state, EOU is expanding opportunities to more students, making it possible for students who love this region to stay and work here.”

As part of the EOU campus visit, Governor Brown signed HB 5702, which includes $9 million in capital funding for a new Fieldhouse. The new facility will provide flexible space for the region for physical activity, as well as an exercise lab and instructional space for EOU’s physical activity and health degree program. Funding for the project is part of a larger, statewide investment package that includes new facilities on the campuses of Oregon State University – Cascades and the University of Oregon.

These projects serve high-need, growing communities, and each will feature Oregon manufactured wood products — particularly cross-laminated timber — in construction. Additionally, Governor Brown announced the launch of the Urban-Rural Ambassadors Program, a partnership with EOU, Portland State University, and Oregon Solutions.

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