Education + Advocacy + Action = CHANGE!

The Mental Health Association of Portland provides educational and advocacy opportunities for people with mental illness and addiction.

From the classroom to the courtroom, from the statehouse to the bedside, supporters of the Association educate the community and advocate for improvements in the public health system, the criminal justice system, the public housing system, and the path between – the mental health system.

The Association supports four enduring projects; the Law & Mental Health Conference, the Alternative Mobile Services Association, and the Mental Health Alliance, and the Public Housing Conference. The Association is a member of or in alliance with several organizations, including the Albina Ministerial Alliance for Justice and Police Reform, the Oregon Council on Behavioral Health, the Disability Rights Oregon, the Oregon Justice Resource Center, the Homeless Alcohol and Drug Intervention Network, The Policing Project of New York University Law School, and the Center for Innovations in Community Safety at Georgetown Law School.

The Association is peer-led, independent and impartial. It is not a government contractor, and receives no grant funding from governments. The Association maintains a large advisory council of both peers and professionals who are community leaders or subject matter experts.


Learn More ~

Oregon Insane Hospital & the Lone Fir Cemetery

Oregon State Hospital History

Recent Publishing by the Mental Health Association of Portland

Oxford House Hendrick – in Clark County, Washington

Media Guide: Your Language Matters When Writing About Mental Illness

Unity Center Archive – 2015-2018

Advisory Committee Member’s Bill of Rights – September 2022

Communicating with people who think differently – advice for members of the Portland Police Accountability Commission, November 2022


Funding for the Mental Health Association of Portland comes from Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, and from the Microsoft Corporation.