Autism Treatment Coverage Now Required

SALEM, Ore. – Insurers in Oregon are now required to cover treatment of autism and other mental health conditions the same as physical health issues. An August 8, 2014 District Court ruling found that Providence Hospitals must pay for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy as a treatment for autism. The requirement is retroactive to the date of that ruling. The Oregon Insurance Division … Continue reading »

PTSD Sufferers Have Options

MEDFORD, Ore. – Experts urged people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to seek help for their condition, and friends of a man shot and killed by police said they wished he had sought more of that kind of help. Sunday, 52-year-old Stephen McMilon fired a shotgun at a police officer, and officers returned fire, killing … Continue reading »

Robin Williams Death Prompts Discussion

Medford, Ore. — The death of Robin Williams is highlighting the serious issue of mental health, depression and suicide. Tuesday morning, a coroner’s report confirmed Williams took his own life by hanging himself with a belt.  This comes after his publicist said he was dealing with severe depression. Jackson County Mental Health said 90% of … Continue reading »

Mental Health Help for Kids Gets Boost

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — More than half a million dollars in grants are coming to a southern Oregon organization that helps kids with a diagnosis of a  mental health illness. Kairos, which used to be known as SOASTC, is in Grants Pass. It will now have $275,000 dollars from the Ford Family Foundation and $250,000 from … Continue reading »

Doctors Say Smoke Could Increase Anxiety

MEDFORD, Ore. — As the Rogue Valley enters its third week being covered in smoke, doctors are warning about the possible impacts in people’s mental health. Doctors say the smoke can have a psychological impact and cause a rise in anxiety levels. For people who already suffer from anxiety problems or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, they … Continue reading »

Officers Train to Help Mentally Ill

MEDFORD, Ore. — Officers in the Rogue Valley are working to better understand and help the mentally ill. This week, members from every law enforcement agency in southern Oregon are doing what’s called a ‘Crisis Intervention Training’ or CIT. Back in February, several officers and the Jackson County Mental Health department went to Salt Lake City, Utah to … Continue reading »