Universal Health Services wants a new hospital in Oregon

This is an archive of documents pertaining to the petition by Universal Health Services to the State of Oregon to build a 100 bed private psychiatric hospital in Wilsonville, Oregon. The petition application for “NEWCO” began in Fall of 2016. The Mental Health Association of Portland is an affected party to the petition.

Universal Health Services, also functioning under the name Fairfax Behavioral Health, has private psychiatric hospitals in Everett, Monroe and Kirkland Washington, and has proposed new facilities in Thurston and Spokane Counties. In Oregon, Universal Health Services owns Cedar Hills Hospital.


Mental Health Provider NEWCO Oregon Inc. Pursues Antitrust Lawsuit Against Oregon Health Authority – press release
Tort claim notice alleges OHA promoted anti-competitive collusion between Portland-area hospital monopolies
August 16, 2017

Wilsonville psychiatric hospital applicant sues Oregon Health Authority
June 23, 2017
OHA rejects proposed 100-bed psychiatric hospital in Wilsonville
February 24, 2017

National health care firm proposing $36M psychiatric hospital in Wilsonville – Oregon Business Journal, October 2016

Wilsonville’s Development Review Board Panel B approves mental health hospital application, Facility would focus on serving adolescent patients – Portland Tribune, February 2016


NEWCO’s initial application and attached documents (PDF – 614 pages / 412 MB – via dropbox)

Letter of Intent from Lifeways Inc., a proposed 16 bed psychiatric hospital in Hermiston, October 2016

Meeting Announcement for Certificate of Need for NEWCO, to occur November 17, 2016.

Letter from NAMI Oregon requesting “affected party status,” October 2016

Letter from OHA to Fairfax Behavioral Health System about incomplete application from NEWCO, September 2016

Cedar Hills Hospital basic financial records for 2013-2016

Universal Health Services – 2015 Annual Report

Universal Health Services & “Willamette Valley Behavioral Health” – PATIENT WINDOW SIGHTLINE DIAGRAM (2015)

Universal Health Services – “Wilsonville Behavioral Health Hospital” – “Response to OHA CON Comments,” October 2016

UHS “Willamette Valley Behavioral Health” patient schedule – October 2016

Cover Letter to OHA from Fairfax Behavioral Health, October 2016

Responses to OHA questions about NEWCO – unsigned & undated, but likely from Fairfax Behavioral Health and associated with cover letter above.

Universal Health Services – “Wilsonville Behavioral Health Hospital” – floor plan of proposed hospital, October 2016

Cover letter and responses to OHA questions about NEWCO, August 2016

Cover letter and responses to OHA questions about NEWCO<, March 2016

Cover letter and responses to OHA questions about NEWCO, June 2016

Cover letter and responses to OHA questions about NEWCO June 28, 2016

Metro West Ambulance rescinding letter of support, September 2016

These documents have not been titled or dated yet.

NEWCO Responce

SEIU Comment re UHS-NewCo CON Wilsonville (final)

Transcript of Public Hearing_2016-11-17

Comment Letter to CN Program Revised FinalDec1

Attachmentsfor CON ltr12022016






OR Police calls CEdar Hills 10300 SW Eastridge St

Audrey S_BlachlyLE




Wilsonville Mayor’s Ltr of Comment – UHS Hearing 11_17_2016







DRO testimony re NEWCO 11-23-16

Letter to Janet Fussell Dated Novemer 282016

NEWCO CON Testimony — NAMI Oregon

Comment Letter to CN Program Revised FinalDec1



Rescinding Letter of Support 9-26-16

SEIU Affected Party Status Request

NEWCODROaffected 11-3-16


NEWCO SEIU Affected 11-09-2016

NEWCO SEIU Affected 11-09-2016


Kasper Affected Party Status Application for App Number 765

NEWCO Legacy Affected 09-10-16



Providence_NEWCO CON_Affected party 111016


Emergency Department Boarding of Psychiatric Patients in Oregon – A Report to Oregon Health Authority – FULL VERSION, October 28, 2016
=Emergency Department Boarding of Psychiatric Patients in Oregon – A Report to Oregon Health Authority – BRIEF VERSION, October 28, 2016
Jangho Yoon, PhD
Jeff Luck, PhD
Megan Cahn, PhD
Linh Bui, MIPH
Diana Govier, MPH

response letter 010417

White Paper Response_Final 010917- 1st Version


RESPONCE REQUESTED — OHA – Request for extention of time for NEWCO (CN#675)

Cedar Hills Email

FW NEWCO CN #675 Delayed Decision

Occupancy Rates

NEWCO Responce

LegacyResponse to reconsideration hearing3172017



Signed Ltr to Selover re Req. for Hearing

NEWCO Oregon Inc. Request for Informal Hearing

email correspondence for the NEWCO Certificate of Need (#675) application – 1 2017

Letter from Fussell to NEWCO – 9 2016

Public Meeting Notice 10-28-16


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Medical Expert Reports on Marijuana Problems in Colorado

Libby Stuyt, MD spoke at the Oregon Health Forum with Drs. Esther Choo of OHSU and Katrina Hedberg who is the State Epidemiologist and State Health Officer at the Oregon Public Health Division, and at the Oregon Law & Mental Health Conference in June 2017 on the unintended consequences of marijuana legalization.

Stuyt is an addictions psychiatrist and medical director at the Colorado State Hospital in Pueblo. She is also the president of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association.

Stuyt has a unique and expert view on the effect of increased marijuana availability and use, and as Colorado is about two years ahead of Oregon in the process of legalization and regulation of marijuana.

Stuyt’s data is from information collected by the state of Colorado and from her experience as a clinician and researcher.

  • Colorado has had significant increase in marijuana use by people under 18 years old. All use by under-age persons is illicit use. Most Colorado youth get marijuana from adults they know – not from retail stores.
  • Pueblo Colorado, with a population of 106,000 has over 7000 homeless people (Portland with a population of 583,000 has about 4500); many are people who arrived seeking employment in the marijuana industry.
  • 13% of children given CBD for seizure disorders have had “really bad” reactions; the CBD made seizures worse.
  • Estimates of marijuana addiction at 9-10% is from research on low-potency THC; this data should no longer be used. Scientists don’t know addiction rate to high potency THC, but use by youth is increasing, for daily users addiction rate is about 50%, withdrawal is harder, and violence associated with high potency THC is higher.
  • Stuyt calls marijuana addiction a “learning disorder.”
  • Marijuana use significantly reduces neurogenesis in the brain.
  • Doctors are seeing more psychosis related to high-potency THC marijuana.
  • 75% of Stuyt’s patients have PTSD. 83% of her patients are seeking treatment for marijuana addiction. Marijuana masks symptoms of marijuana, it does not treat or cure PTSD. PTSD is treatable and curable – but not with active marijuana use.
  • Increased correlation – not causation – of suicide in adolescents who use marijuana.


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On the Plan for Portland Commission on Community-Engaged Policing

Testimony to Portland City Council – August 3, 2017
From the Mental Health Association of Portland
On the Plan for Portland Commission on Community-Engaged Policing – ITEM #872

The proposal to make changes to the settlement agreement reopens the agreement, but doesn’t include the community in those change decisions, and doesn’t go far enough to fulfill the goal of the settlement – to rebuild trust with the police around harm to people with mental illness.

My suggestion is to repair – not repeal and replace.

The COAB failed because of city-led management, not because of its inherent structure. There were problems with the structure – but those were not what caused the COAB to be criticized or fail. Poor management led to mistrust within the COAB, which led to mistrust by community members. Police brutality is a hot issue. Don’t think people should be calm and reasonable. That’s not a smart management approach.

Four distinct problems with the proposal.

One – private meetings doing public business. That’s a non-starter. I can’t endorse private meetings doing public business.

Two – The proposed plan knocks off independent assessment of the agreement. No good. Others will speak about this.

Three – Too few people involved. It’s fair to say 5 – 9 people don’t represent Portland so there will be discontent about representation. Review what you’re asking volunteers to do. Even with new management, we’re going to be back here in a year asking why items have been ignored. It’s too much work and volunteers will end up relying on staff. That’s not community oversight.

Four – exclusive mayoral control gets the council off the hook. The council needs to stay on engaged – not as monitors but as legislators. Why? Because the DOJ won’t be here forever and this council needs to learn how police oversight works. You need to each stay thoroughly woke.

Please understand – harm to people with mental illness is not a Portland problem. Though most persons killed by Portland police for the past decade have been people in a mental health crisis, the same fact is true for all the police departments of Multnomah County, Washington County, Clackamas, and Clark County.

SEE – list of all persons killed by law enforcement in Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah and Washington counties – 2010-2017

This is not exclusively a Portland problem. It’s not exclusively a police problem. It’s a multi-government multi-system problem where the state, counties, sheriffs and police chiefs and DAs, parole and probation, community mental and addiction health providers, as well as community members need to be part of the solution.

The sooner this council comes to understand this is a systemic problem, the sooner your people will stop killing my people.

testimony provided by
Jason Renaud – Board Secretary

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What happened to Jed Hawk Myers

Yamhill County to pay $5 million to settle lawsuit stemming from jail inmate’s death

Oregonian – 7/21/2017

READ – Estate of Jed Hawk Myers v. Yamhill County (PDF)
READ – Probable Cause Statement / assault on Jed, cause of death (PDF)
READ – Yamhill County jail policy on medical care (PDF)

Yamhill County will pay $5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of Jed Hawk Myers, an inmate who died in the Yamhill County Jail in 2015 after he was assaulted by two other inmates then moved to a medical cell but never received care despite repeated calls for help, according to the plaintiff.

Myers, 34, died alone in a medical jail cell about 1 a.m. on May 28, 2015. For more than five hours, he writhed in pain on his mattress, clutched his side, walked 19 times to his cell door to press an intercom button for help and urinated blood in the cell toilet but no one came to help, according to jail records, video and police investigative reports.

Myers, according to the state medical examiner, died of blunt force abdominal trauma. He suffered lacerations to his left kidney with severe internal bleeding, a contusion to his skull and a brain injury, as well as rib and clavicle fractures. The two inmates who beat Myers were convicted and sent to prison in the attack after an investigation by the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office and McMinnville police.

Attorney Matthew Kaplan, who represented Myers’ family, said the county has since contracted with a private company, Correct Care Solutions, to provide around-the-clock medical supervision in the jail so sheriff’s deputies aren’t the ones to determine whether someone needs a a doctor.

“Obviously it’s two years too late for Mr. Myers, but to their credit, at least they’ve recognized the problem and hopefully have come up with a better solution,” Kaplan said. “I’m pleased with the changes. I think the money says they know this was wrong. The family is satisfied.”

Kaplan filed the federal civil rights lawsuit in May against Yamhill County, its jail guards and medical staff, alleging they denied basic medical care to Myers and that their negligence led to his wrongful death.

Yamhill County Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Ray said he was unaware of the settlement, and the sheriff was out of town Friday. Christian F. Boenisch, Yamhill County counsel, could not be reached for comment Friday. County officials referred questions about the settlement to outside attorneys who were involved in the settlement talks, Mark Williamson and Robert Wagner. Neither could be reached for comment Friday.

Oregon county sued after inmate who pleaded for help died in custody
New York Daily News – May 2017

Inmate who died in jail tried to get help 19 times over five hours
Oregonian – May 17, 2017

Commissioners draw fire over jail deaths May 18, 2017 (PDF)

There’s no excuse for inmate’s painful death – May 12, 2017 (PDF)

Jail accused of ignoring pleas from dying inmate – May 11, 2017 (PDF)

Estate of man killed in jail files tort claim notice – August 15, 2015 (PDF)

Pair of inmates charged in jail death – June 2, 2015 (PDF)

Inmates deny lethal intent in jail beating – June 5, 2015 (PDF)

Yamhill County Jail inmate dies – May 29, 2015 (PDF)

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