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County OKs OHA grant for counseling programs

The Linn County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Aug. 16, accepted a $226,089 grant from the Oregon Health Authority to provide local counseling programs for persons with mental illness who have been charged with a crime.

County Public Health Director Todd Noble said the funds reflect the state’s efforts to move such programs to local jurisdictions. The funds are part of a $1.35 billion package approved by the State Legislature in 2021 targeting behavioral health issues. They’re part of an “Aid and Assist” category intended to provide treatment, housing and other support for peopl...