2022 Successes

HB4106B creates a surgical technologist apprenticeship program to help address the severe healthcare workforce shortage in hospitals and surgery centers. The bill had support from over 100 major organizations, unions, nurses, physicians, patients and surgical techs!

HB4004 provides $132 million in emergency assistance to keep Oregon's vital mental/behavioral health system afloat and provide tools to support the BH workforce.  HB4012 requires agencies to use "true and accurate costs" to calculate rates which support a strong and resilient staff for children's system providers.

HB4013 enhances HB2544 (passed in 2021) to expand services for homeless youth into unserved areas, extend tuition and housing assistance, and require the state to propose a plan to reduce youth homelessness by 25% in 5 years.

HB1545 is the Governor's comprehensive workforce bill.  Section 3 includes the entirety of HB4104 (Rep. Reardon) allocating $45 million for Local Workforce Boards & their community partners to immediately enhance and expand training programs for Oregonians, and the links to business and employment needs.

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