Mental Health Association of Portland

Oregon's independent and impartial mental health advocate

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The Mental Health Association of Portland addresses difficult subjects other organizations avoid. Below is a record of our recent projects and public advocacy.

Recent Public Writing

MHAP’s response to Portland’s settlement with the DOJ, an open letter to the DOJ and Portland City Council, October 28, 2012

Beyond the Department of Justice Report: Cease Fire Now, guest column in The Oregonian by Jenny Westberg on behalf of the Board of the Mental Health Association of Portland, September 18, 2012

Reversal of police suspension in James Chasse arbitration sends wrong message, guest column in The Oregonian by Jenny Westberg on behalf of the Board of the Mental Health Association of Portland, July 18, 2012

Get mayoral candidates on record about police accountability, by Jenny Westberg on behalf of the Board of the Mental Health Association of Portland, April 5, 2012

“Suicide By Cop” Means Manslaughter, guest column in Blue Oregon by James Mazzocco, March 10, 2012

Portland police and another tragic death, guest column in The Oregonian, by Jenny Westberg on behalf of the Board of the Mental Health Association of Portland, February 8, 2012

Occupy Portland: End game leaves us in the same place, by Jenny Westberg on behalf of the Board of the Mental Health Association of Portland, November 10, 2011

Junction City hospital the worst way to treat mentally ill, a guest column in the Eugene Register-Guard, by the Board of the Mental Health Association of Portland, October 31, 2011

An Unnecessary Hospital: an open letter to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, October 6, 2011 – download PDF

Suicide by cop: A rights perspective, from the Oregon Trial Lawyer magazine, by Jason Renaud and Jenny Westberg, Summer 2011

Keeping our cops clean and sober, a guest column in The Oregonian, by Jason Renaud and Jenny Westberg on behalf of the Board of the Mental Health Association of Portland, February 16th, 2011

Walking the talk of Gabby Giffords, guest column in The Oregonian, by Jenny Westberg, Feb. 5, 2011

Transgender clients face unique challenges in mental health system, by Jenny Westberg, published in Street Roots, Oct. 29, 2010

Millions in taxes buy nightmares for mentally ill, guest column in the Portland Tribune, by Jenny Westberg and Jason Renaud on behalf of the Board of the Mental Health Association of Portland, August 5, 2010

Testimony to Portland City Council, July 28, 2010 on the OIR Report on the Death of James Chasse

Navigating the inequities of mental health system, Guest Column in Street Roots, July 15, 2010, by Jenny Westberg on behalf of the Board of the Mental Health Association of Portland.

You’ve stepped up to the plate, mayor; lets hit a home run, an open letter to Portland Mayor Sam Adams, Guest Column in Street Roots, June 22, 2010, by Jenny Westberg on behalf of the Board of the Mental Health Association of Portland.

Finding lost friends: A guide for connecting off the grid, Guest Column in Street Roots, May 21, 2010, by Jenny Westberg on behalf of the Board of the Mental Health Association of Portland.

The death of James P. Chasse, Jr: Why the story won’t go away, Guest Column in The Oregonian, by Jenny Westberg on behalf of the Board of the Mental Health Association of Portland, May 13, 2010

The police protest: Their tactics are misguided, but not their anger, guest column in The Oregonian, March 30, 2010

Jason Renaud: Why I’m Running, BlueOregon.com, January 2010

The death of James Chasse: For our city’s sake, a time for openness, guest column in The Oregonian, October 23, 2009

Agencies to call for resignation of Portland officers involved in Chasse’s arrest, The Oregonian, October 7, 2009

Mental health association volunteer issues plea to Portland council, The Oregonian, September 30, 2009

The Chasse investigation: Results sit on police chief’s desk, but why?, guest column in The Oregonian, September 12, 2009

Extended interview with Jason Renaud, Portland Observer, December 30, 2009

Matters of life or death: Extended interview with Jason Renaud, Street Roots, February 2010

Community groups will call for the resignations of Officers Kyle Nice, Christopher Humphreys and Bret Burton, MHAP column in Street Roots, October 7, 2009

Advice for Multnomah County’s new sub-acute facility, MHAP column in Street Roots, August 20, 2009

Technical and Financial Aid

We’re always interested in news about the Psychiatric Security Review Board. We archive documents and information about the PSRB here.

Eyes & Ears is a mental health consumer run newsletter for consumers, their friends & family and mental health professionals. With the help of MHAP, Eyes & Ears was Oregon’s most widely distributed patient advocacy newsletter. 2008 – 2013. This project is completed.

Alien Boy: the Death and Life of James Chasse, a feature-length film documenting the brutal killing of James Chasse by the Portland Police. 2006 – 2013

Portland Hearing Voices is a community group to promote mental diversity. We create public education, discussion groups, training, and community support related to hearing voices, seeing visions, and having unusual beliefs and sensory experiences often labeled as psychosis, bipolar, mania, paranoia, schizophrenia, and other mental disorders. We aim to reduce fear and misunderstanding, question stereotypes, promote holistic health options, overcome isolation, and create a more inclusive community. 2008 – 2012. This project is completed.

Homeless Liberation Front
– a complete and permanent archive of all news stories and public records about the Homeless Liberation Front, a protest by homeless people at Portland City Hall, April 25 – May 20, 2008. This project is completed.

From the Inside Out was created to break through silence and misunderstanding surrounding mental health. The performances will explore concepts such as fear, discrimination, and frustrations that are dealt with by people with mental health concerns, especially in regards to dealing with the criminal justice system. From the Inside Out uses a structure called Interactive Theater, which utilizes plays to depict problems relevant to a specific community. The plays are performed for an audience first without interruption. When repeated, audience members are invited to take part in the performance in order to act out potential solutions to problems presented. Facilitated discussion follows. Target audiences include people with mental health issues, family, friends, people working in law enforcement, supporting professionals and the general public. The show was built through participatory workshops and is written and performed by people dealing with mental health issues. 2003 – 2008. This project is completed.

Public Advocacy

What Happened to Jackie Collins – a complete and permanent archive of all news stories and public records about what happened to Jackie Collins. This project is completed.

What Happened to Aaron Campbell – a complete and permanent archive of all news stories and public records about what happened to Aaron Campbell. This project is ongoing.

What Happened to James Chasse – a complete and permanent archive of all news stories and public records about what happened to James Chasse. This project is ongoing. More about what happened to James Chasse is archived at this web site here. This project is ongoing.

What Happened to Lukus Glenn – a complete and permanent archive of all news stories and public records about what happened to Lukus Glenn. This project is ongoing.

What Happened to Fouad Kaady – a complete and permanent archive of all news stories and public records about what happened to Fouad Kaady. This project is completed.

What Happened to Joyce Staudenmaier – a complete and permanent archive of all news stories and public records about what happened to Joyce Staudenmaier. This project is completed.

What Happened to Glenn Shipman – a complete and permanent archive of all news stories and public records about what happened to Glenn Shipman. This project is completed.

Oregon State Hospital Patient Remains – information about the 3000+ patient remains at the Oregon State Hospital. Our advocacy in 2003 – 2004 asked the state to create a suitable memorial for these remains. Instead the state legislature decided to build a new hospital with a museum honoring the hospital’s terrible history. This project is completed.