PASSED COMMITTEE, CONTACT REPRESENTATIVE FOR FLOOR VOTE
This bill creates qualified mental health associate incentive program within Oregon Health Authority to train a diverse workforce for child welfare service providers to meet children’s cultural diversity needs. Fills the need to replace workers forced to leave.
Appropriates $250,000 from General Fund to provide loan repayment subsidies to qualified mental health associates serving children in child-caring agencies. Appropriates from General Fund, $90,000 to Bureau of Labor and Industries and $60,000 to Oregon Health Authority and $90,000 to Department of Human Services for apprenticeship program. Appropriates $250,000 from General Fund to Department of Human Services for program administration.
Directs Department of Human Services to develop and administer qualified mental health associate apprenticeship program. Prescribes requirements for persons to serve as qualified mental health associates assisting child-caring agencies. Establishes Child Welfare Cultural Equity Program to connect children served with child welfare service providers who meet children’s cultural diversity needs. The Program gives preference to applicants who have been recruited through the Child Welfare Cultural Equity Program. This kind of matching cultures is not teaching children they live in a multi-diverse culture and teaches segregation is their plight. Directs Department of Human Services to review child welfare service provider rate structures. Directs Oregon Health Authority to conduct biennial nursing market study.
Mental health care providers report that the covid surge and mandates have negatively impacted their workforce. Clinics are hit with vacancies and new modernized health practices and technology. Should taxpayers fund replacement staff that left because of illegal mandates?