The Mental Health Association of Portland is the Oregon’s impartial and independent advocate for persons with mental illness and addiction. Our task is to help persons with mental illness or addiction speak up and speak out – and to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. It is a 501 C 3 nonprofit organization, tax identification 20-0138570, governed by peer volunteers since 2003. The organization maintains advisory councils and committees for individual educational and advocacy projects.
Our advocacy experience is strong. In 2003 our advocacy at the Oregon State Hospital made the New York Times front page, won The Oregonian a Pulitzer, and launched an investigation which got the hospital rebuilt. Our advocacy on behalf of persons routinely harmed by law enforcement has been front page news since the death of James Chasse in 2006. Our advocacy has changed policies and procedures by patrol officers, jail deputies, prosecuting and defense attorneys, judges and court administrators. Our critically acclaimed documentary film, Alien Boy, is nationally distributed through Breaking Glass Pictures.
The organization provides education through the website and conferences. With links to over 20,000 articles and documents about mental illness and addiction in Oregon, it is perhaps the largest web site dedicated to mental health advocacy. The site is updated daily and has over 50,000 subscribers through email, Facebook, Twitter and an eventual reach of over 1.4 million.
The organization is the host of the Northwest Law & Mental Health Conference, held annually in the Spring, and the Oregon Housing Conference, held annually in the Fall. The Mental Health Alliance is a program of the organization.
For an inventory of some of our past and present advocacy projects, click RECENT WORK tab, above.
The organization provides technical support for projects designed and provided by people with mental illness and addiction. If you need help with a project, let us know.
We do not give individual, legal, medical or clinical advice, provide any direct services, or keep legal or medical records.
If you are seeking an advocate for yourself, send us an email for our list of recommended attorneys, social workers and community mental health agencies in your area. If you are seeking an advocate for friend, colleague or family member, have them send us a note.
Board of Directors
Sandra Chisholm MPA is a retired healthcare administrator
Jason Renaud is a nonprofit consultant
Chandler Kerns is a recovery advocate active with Oxford House
Michael Hopcroft is an author and retired medical records administrator
Jeffrey Donohoe, CPA is a small business accountant licensed in Oregon & Washington State
Brenton Gicker is an Emergency Medical Technician with CAHOOTS in Eugene
Bob Joondeph JD is the former Executive Director of Disability Rights Oregon
Zeb Larson PhD is a teacher of history at Ohio State University
Brian Lindstrom is a teacher, filmmaker, and director of Alien Boy: the Death and Life of James Chasse
Stephanie Matheson is a nonprofit administrator, photographer and public speaker
Dean Mathiesen is a performer, collector and arts impresario
Meredith Mathis is a writer living in Portland
Patrick Nolen is a member of Portland’s Committee on Community Engaged Policing
Kevin Fitts has been an advocate for people with mental illness for over thirty years
Robin James MLS is an archivist and indexer living in Pittsburgh
Talina Branch CRM PSS is a certified recovery mentor and peer support specialist in Portland
Conference Planning Committees
Morgyn Beckman MD is a psychiatric physician who works for Multnomah County
Alison Bort PhD, JD is Executive Director of the Psychiatric Security Review Board
Judge Juliet Britton presides at the Beaverton Municipal Court
Beckie Child MSW is a nationally recognized mental health advocate and instructor at Portland State University’s School of Social Work.
Emily Cooper JD is Legal Director of Disability Rights Oregon
Rachael Duke is Executive Director of Community Partners for Affordable Housing
Jim Hlava is Housing Director of Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare
Andy Miller is Executive Director of Human Solutions
Tim Murphy MSW is CEO of Bridgeway Recovery Services
Lisa Naito owns Naito Public Affairs
Oregon History Committee
David Cutler MD is a lifetime distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Barry Kast MSW is former Assistant Director for Health Services in the Department of Human Services
Bob Nikkel MSW is the Executive Director of the Mad in America Continuing Education Project
Mental Health Alliance
Juan Chavez JD is Director of the Civil Rights Project at the Oregon Justice Resource Center
Jan Friedman JD is staff attorney for Disability Rights Oregon
Rabbi Ariel Stone is leader of Portland’s Interfaith Clergy Resistance
Bobbin Singh is Executive Director of the Oregon Justice Resource Center
Ursula Le Guin Memorial Artwork Fund
Notable Former Board and Advisory Council Members
Roy Silberstein PhC was the founder of the Mental Health Association of Portland
Will Hall is a counselor and public speaker
Chris O’Connor JD is with Metropolitan Public Defender Services
By mail: PO Box 3641 Portland, Oregon 97208
By email: email@example.com