Documents illustrating DOJ v City of Portland

The following are documents posted to the City of Portland’s web site which illustrate and give explanation for some of the community conversation about the settlement of US DOJ v City of Portland.

Letter from US Senator Ron Wyden & US Congressman Earl Blumenauer to U.S. DOJ, February 2010

Letter to US Senator Ron Wyden from Portland Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman, February 2010

Financial Impact and Public Involvement Statement per: City, Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition, and the DOJ clarify and strengthen proposed Settlement Agreement related to police interactions with people experiencing mental illness. (3 pages)

Financial Impact and Public Involvement Statement per: City, Portland Police Association, and the DOJ clarify and strengthen proposed Settlement Agreement related to police interactions with people experiencing mental illness. (3 pages)

“Collaborative Agreement” between City, Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition, and the DOJ. (7 pages)

Press release from Albina Ministerial Alliance announcing “Collaborative Agreement.” (sign up sheet and 3 pages)

Presentation to City Council “Authorize agreements between the City, United States and Portland Police Association related to police interactions with persons experiencing mental illness.” (38 pages)

Agreement between parties of DOJ v City of Portland and amici to mediate with Paul De Muniz. (8 pages)



City leaders often claim “the county provides mental illness services, not the city. We don’t know how to manage those contracts.” This is inaccurate. Below are a handful of contracts with mental health providers over a decade which have been renewed many times. The city supports mental illness outreach (Project Respond), residential services for people with mental illness (Crisis Assessment and Triage Center), case management services (the Service Coordination Team), trainings for staff, including specialized trainings for police officers, and an employment assistance program for city employees.

Agreement with Network for $70,000 for the rehabilitation of properties to create rental housing for people with mental illness and drug and alcohol addiction and provide for payment (Ordinance). August 2001

Agreement with Unity, Inc. for $126,680 for outreach services to homeless individuals with mental illness and provide for payment (Ordinance). August 2001

Contract with Mental Health Services West for $25,241 to provide outreach services to homeless individuals with mental illness and provide for payment (Ordinance).

Contract with Mental Health Services West for $25,241 to provide outreach services to homeless individuals with mental illness and provide for payment (Ordinance). January 1998

Contract with Mental Health Services West for $120,000 to provide outreach services to homeless individuals with mental illness and provide for payment (Ordinance). October 1998

Contract with Unity, Inc. for $121,320 for outreach services to homeless individuals with mental illness and provide for payment (Ordinance). August 2000