October 6, 2010 – Patty O’Sullivan is now working as a contract lobbyist for the Oregon Association of Hospital and Health Systems and for a new mental health coalition, yet unnamed, since retiring from state government after 33 years.
At the hospital association, where she’s called a senior policy advisor, O’Sullivan is helping their leaders “wind their way through the bureaucracy” and intends to do policy and legislative work on their behalf next session.
She’s also teaming up with mental health advocates such as Becky Child and Bob Joondeph, along with law enforcement officials, to develop legislation on a mental health forensics system.
“We want to make certain people are moved through the process more smoothly and have a placement that matches their needs,” O’Sullivan said.
Before leaving state government in mid-August, O’Sullivan was director of policy and government relations for the Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority.
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