Polk County has stripped the treasurer of duties, leaving the role little more than a figurehead while unelected county officials handle county finances, according to a lawsuit filed by Treasurer Steve Milligan. He says that’s not how Oregon law works.
Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously accepted state money for addiction treatment and services intended to remove barriers to housing. The extended contract with the Oregon Health Authority adds $4.67 million and lasts through June 2025.
Marion County officials say a newly built Health and Human Services building is a one-time investment that could help save hundreds of thousands in annual costs for space currently leased in offices scattered throughout Salem.
Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved awarding a $160,000 grant for the Strategic Economic Development Corporation, also known as SEDCOR, to promote the growth of Salem-area businesses and the local economy.
Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved adding about $1.97 million of state money to an agreement with the Oregon Health Authority for public health services. The new contract totals $6.96 million and lasts through June 2025.
Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved adding $2.25 million to a contract with a Tennessee nursing agency to provide temporary telehealth services for the county’s behavioral health programs.
Approved by Oregon voters in 2020, Ballot Measure 110 was intended to take drug users out of jails and get them into treatment. Police, prosecutors and service providers in Marion County say the measure has instead disincentivized people from seeking treatment and worsened violent crime.
Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved adding $100,000 to a contract with Salem Health for Marion County’s Psychiatric Crisis Center to continue providing 24/7 mental health screening services at the hospital’s emergency department.
Commissioners on Wednesday voted to accept $27.2 million of state money for overseeing people on probation and post-prison supervision.
Commissioners on Wednesday delayed a vote on accepting $27.2 million of state funding for overseeing people on probation and post-prison supervision. The board provided little information about the decision at the meeting.