HB 4004 Reimburses behavioral health providers

Signed into law by Gov Brown on 3-23-22
Emergency Clause used

Floor Vote
Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2022R1/Measures/Overview/HB4004

This bill directs the Oregon Health Authority to administer a grant program to increase practitioner wages, offer retention bonuses, or recruit and hire new behavioral health staff using state or federal funds.

Personal Choice and Responsibility
This is creating a deeper hole for taxpayers. How long will we be paying for bad decisions creating a fake emergency by this administration? Grants will sunset on January 2, 2023, but most sunsets are just moved until they become permanent, once the healthcare depends on these grants to survive they become budgeted items. That’s how government and taxes keep growing out of control.

Fiscal Responsibility
Directs OHA to contract with adult and child residential behavioral health facilities to employ nursing professionals to mitigate workforce shortages due to COVID-19 pandemic. Had the Governor not fired all the unvaxed, we wouldn’t have a shortage. Unless the vax mandate is lifted, where will nurses come from? Unless the mandate is lifted, incentives won’t solve the shortage unless it is large enough to attract from out-of-state.

Limited Government
House Bill 2086 (2021) directed the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to evaluate the state’s behavioral workforce emphasizing Medicaid funding. OHA contracted with OHSU’s Center for Health Systems Effectiveness. The final report (Feb. 2022) indicates the following policies and investments may improve Oregon’s behavioral health system:  increase practitioner wages and Medicaid reimbursement rates  improve reimbursement parity between substance abuse disorder counselors and mental health counselors  reduce administrative burden, claims delays, and denials  address gaps in training and career advancement opportunities for behavioral health practitioners, including tuition reimbursement and loan repayment programs HB 4004B seeks to increase Oregon’s behavioral health workforce by directing OHA to administer a grant program to increase practitioner wages, offer retention bonuses, or recruit and hire new behavioral health staff. Specifies any increase in provider compensation or bonus is not a violation of Oregon Pay
Equity law. Authorizes the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) to grant existing funds allocated to OYA to: local municipalities; nonprofit organizations; and individuals to ensure the adequate support of treatment needs of committed youths.


  1. Linda fravel says:

    OHA along with Kate Brown pull monoclonal antibodies a full month before the FDA said not effective. No more money for OHA infact their input on anything should be minimized. OHA and Kate Brown need to see how people they killed with their medical knowledge and harmed during Covid. No rewarding those who did poorly.

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