Where others see chaos, he tackles opportunity to reshape mental health care

Steve Allen is director of the state agency charged with caring for Oregonians with mental health and substance abuse. (Sam Stites/Oregon Capital Bureau)

Finding a director to run a key new division of the Oregon Health Authority vexed Pat Allen for months.

The agency director worked with hundreds of internal and external stakeholders to search for someone who would bring experience and familiarity with Oregon . . .

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