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Part 4: CHILDREN IN CRISIS: Improvement is slow for distressed Oregon families

A common room at the Children’s Farm Home is currently being used for storage. The facility does not have enough staff to take on more inpatient residents, leaving a building empty. (Amanda Loman/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

When Angela Weirich moved her family to Pennsylvania in June, they had relief from trauma. Her daughter, who had repeatedly tried to kill herself in Oregon, seemed happy.

But a crisis soon shattered the calm.

Her daughter tried again to kill herself.

Weirich, who had repeatedly struggled to get enough help for her daughter in Oregon, called Pennsylvania’s child services. They told her she had to obtain permission from a state official for crisis treatment.

She got it.

“We talked to the mental health delegate there and told him her story,” Weirich said . . .