Katy Nesbitt
The La Grande Observer

ENTERPRISE — Promoters of an integrated care clinic under construction in Enterprise received support from Wallowa County May 7 when the commissioners agreed to sign a letter endorsing their effort to raise $2.4 million from the Oregon Legislature in 2019.

While the commissioners were supportive of the project, they also said they had no money to offer.

“The county has no funds to contribute, but I would be willing to make a motion that we sign on to the letter of support to our representatives and the Legislature,” said Susan Robert, Wallowa County commissioner.

The matter first came before the commissioners at their April 16 meeting. At that time Shantay Jett, CEO of Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness, and Nic Powers, CEO of Winding Waters Clinic, asked the commissioners for funding and to sign on to a letter of support for the integrated care clinic that will house primary care physicians, mental health and dental care providers and administrative staff.

Besides getting some much needed elbow room, Jett and Powers said integrated care reduces the stigma of mental health treatment. A recent memorandum of understanding signed by the State of Oregon and the Veterans Administration allows veterans to receive services from local care providers when they live farther than 60 miles from a VA clinic. Jett said the clinic will offer post-traumatic stress disorder classes for veterans and their families.

See complete story in Friday's Observer