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CHILDREN IN CRISIS: ‘Bottlenecked’ mental health system leaves kids untreated

Rainy Williams and her 8-year-old son pose for a photo outside of their home in Salem on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of a four-part series on the problems facing children’s mental health care providers in Oregon. Deputy Editor Lynne Terry interviewed more than a dozen providers, parents and state officials and reviewed state records. For anyone needing immediate help, call the Lines for Life for youth at 877-968-8491 or seek help in a nearby emergency room.

The pandemic has been especially challenging for Rainy Williams.

She’s a single mother with three children. Her middle child, an 8-year-old boy, was sexually abused in daycare as a toddler.

The resulting trauma left . . .