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Friday in Portland: OHA discusses how mental health funding will be allocated & more top stories

Emily Scarvie

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By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Friday, May 27 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Oregon Health Authority discusses how mental health funding will be spent

After state legislators approved hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for mental health services last year, the Oregon Health Authority announced how and when that funding will be used this week. According to OHA, $132 million will go toward Oregon treatment providers to stabilize their behavioral health workforce starting this week. OHA also approved a $155 million rate increase for treatment providers, effective July 1.

In addition, $230 million will go toward supporting housing and residential treatment programs later this year. The funding OHA discussed Friday is different from Ballot Measure 110, which uses marijuana tax revenues to fund drug treatment and behavioral health.

2. Staffing shortages cause closures, schedule changes at Oregon DMV offices

The Oregon DMV announced Friday that it will close several offices across the region and reduce hours amid a staffing shortage during its busiest season. The pandemic has already caused many Oregonians to schedule appointments months in advance and the further reduction of staff and hours comes amid a push for residents to get their Real IDs before the national May 2023 deadline.

Starting Tuesday, 10 DMV offices will reduce their hours. Here are the planned schedule changes:

  • Astoria: Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays except Wednesdays, when it will open at 10 a.m.; closed 12:30 to 2 p.m. for lunch.
  • Canyonville: Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays; closed 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for lunch.
  • Downtown Portland: Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Heppner: Open 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays only; closed 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for lunch.
  • Hermiston: Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays except for Wednesdays, when it will open at 10 a.m.
  • Junction City: Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays.
  • Klamath Falls: Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays except Wednesdays, when it will open at 10 a.m.; closed 12:30 to 2 p.m. for lunch.
  • Lake Oswego: Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays.
  • Lincoln City: Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays; closed noon to 1:30 p.m. for lunch.
  • Milton-Freewater: Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; closed 12:30 to 2 p.m. for lunch.

Getting a Real ID requires an in-person appointment, which can be made here. The closures and schedule changes are expected to last months.

3. Shooting in St. Johns neighborhood leaves one man dead

One man is dead following a shooting early Friday in the St. Johns neighborhood of north Portland. Just after 6 a.m., police responded to a home in the 7100 block of North Columbia Boulevard, where they found the victim deceased.

No suspect information has been released and no arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Tony Harris at Tony.Harris@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-0441 and Detective Shaye Samora at Shaye.Samora@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-0768.

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