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Layoffs in Lincoln County Mental Health Services – County: “We’re still getting the work done for clients”

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From Lincoln County Health and Human Services

Lincoln County Health and Human Services Behavioral Health to Lay-off Staff in the multi-symptom disorders and dddictions program

Lincoln County Health and Human Services will lay off staff in the multi-symptom disorders and addictions program in an effort to balance the department budget. The layoffs will be effective Friday, June 1st. The layoffs will include eight Lincoln County employee union members, 1 vacant management position that will not be replaced, and 3 part-time non-union members. Lincoln County Behavioral Health will continue to offer appropriate services as well as counseling and case management to adults, adolescents, children and families with remaining staff. Multi-symptom refers to an individual having one or more substance abuse disorders and one or more psychiatric disorders.

After hiring more staff for the program, staff did not see the expected number of clients or provide the level of client services planned for in this year’s budget.  We have paid the full cost of running the program, but the revenue was not coming in.

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“Our hearts go out to the affected staff,” said Rebecca Austen, Interim Health & Human Services Director. “These are challenging times for HHS and our staff is committed to continue serving the people of Lincoln County.”

“This is a disappointing setback,” said Commissioner Bill Hall, “but I want to assure the public that the county will continue to provide essential mental health services. As part of the Stepping Up Initiative, we are working to build stronger relationships with community providers, law enforcement and Samaritan Health Services so we have a Mental Health system with a broader base of services and resources.”

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Individuals and families may inquire and access services by calling 265-4179. Mental health counselors screen all inquiry calls. Services offered include group, family and/or individual counseling for problems addressing:

Self-esteem.
Appropriate expression of feelings, and healthy boundaries.
Coping skills.
Children with behaviors and/or emotional problems and parenting.
Medication evaluation and management.
Support and peer-building relation.
Panic and anxiety issues.

For more information contact:

Rebecca C. Austen, RN, MSN
Lincoln County Health & Human Services Interim Director
255 SW Coast Hwy., Suite 203A
Newport, OR 97365
(541) 265-0400

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