PENDLETON, OR - The shutdown of a mental health facility in Pendleton has been delayed for a few more months.
Funding for the Blue Mountain Recovery Center was supposed to run out at the end of the year, but Eastern Oregon lawmakers have approved funding for the center through March.
Local officials hope to use the extra time to figure out an alternate use for the Blue Mountain Recovery Center, which employs about 100 people. Its funding was supposed to run out at year's end. In 2015, the state plans a new state hospital in Junction City as part of a major overhaul of mental health treatment. The Pendleton center has 60 beds. The state plans to revamp three cottages on the campus, enough for 15-high need patients and 40 employees. Among the ideas for giving the center a new mission is housing geriatric prisoners.