They joined teams from 49 other states at the summit to examine local criminal justice trends and identify strategies for reducing crime and recidivism, improving outcomes for people who have mental illnesses and substance addictions, and reducing spending on prisons and jails.
“Like many states across the nation, Oregon has seen an increase in the number of drug overdose deaths over the last decade, particularly from methamphetamine use.
A broad coalition of stakeholders met today to discuss ways Oregon can help counties and tribal governments improve responses to people in the criminal justice system who have behavioral health needs.
Thirty-two of the state’s 36 local public safety coordinating councils (LPSCC) were represented at the Oregon Forum on Behavioral Health and Public Safety, which took place at the Salem Convention Center.
However, after the passage of SB 144, that exemption no longer applies to public lands.
As of January 1, 2018, a person is only exempt from the prohibitions found in ORS 358.920 if they unintentionally discover an archaeological object that has been exposed by the forces of nature on private property.
Today’s conversation is a chance to deepen the partnership between Oregon’s behavioral health and public safety systems and lay the groundwork for more effective solutions that better promote individual recovery and community safety.” Participants at the forum discussed the challenges that local governments and the state face regarding community behavioral health treatment and services, including services that are tailored to people in the criminal justice system.
They also discussed how to increase access to and effectiveness of behavioral health treatment in localities across the state and how to improve information and data sharing across behavioral health and criminal justice agencies.
“Developing a more comprehensive and integrated statewide behavioral health strategy is essential to supporting local systems.” Oregon is currently seeking to partner with the CSG Justice Center to use a data-driven behavorial health justice reinvestment approach to analyze and address the state’s challenges.
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