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PENDLETON — Community Counseling Solutions in March announced its peer-support warmline program, the David Romprey Oregon Warmline, would expand to 24/7 availability and include Spanish language services. In six months, that all could come to an end.

The warmline was able to expand in the spring due to an increase of $2.6 million in funding from the Oregon Health Authority. Prior to this, the peer-support line was operating 15 hours a day, seven days a week. However, OHA in August notified Community Counseling Solutions it would reduce the funding to $1.1 million. When Umatilla County Commissioner John Shafer — also a CCS board member — caught wind of this, he knew he had to jump to action.

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