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A tour of Oregon State Hospital in Salem, Oregon. January 11, 2018 Beth Nakamura/Staff

A court-ordered mental health specialist says the Oregon State Hospital should more frequently evaluate patients for release and lobby for more funding for non-hospital treatment centers to help ease its big admissions backlog.

Dr. Debra Pinals, a behavioral health director from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, released a series of recommendations to ease the state-run psychiatric hospital’s slow admissions and overwhelmed capacity.

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