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CCO set to yank clients from Jackson County Mental Health

Mail Tribune, Dec. 21, 2016 A major client of Jackson County Mental Health is pulling its patients – putting a halt to the county’s ambitious plans for expansion and new hires. Whether layoffs will result because of the reduction in … Continue reading

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Every 20 minutes, someone dies from overdose – but treatment isn’t keeping pace

The Bend Bulletin, Oct. 20, 2016 The abuse of prescription pain killers and illegal drugs has tripled the rate of opiate overdoses in the U.S. since 2000. Every day, 78 people die of heroin or prescription opiate overdose, a rate … Continue reading

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Homeless outreach in Lane County: White Bird Clinic’s CAHOOTS

Turning Point By: Ben Lonergan Sitting quietly in the passenger seat of a squeaky, white van, Brenton Gicker types quietly on a laptop as police dispatch rattles off instructions over the radio. Gicker, an eight-year veteran of White Bird Clinic’s Crisis … Continue reading

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CAHOOTS to begin 24-hour service in Eugene January 1

KVAL, Dec. 12, 2016 CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets), a free, confidential mobile crisis clinic staffed by counselors and medics, is extending will begin operating 24 hours a day in Eugene beginning January 1. “Things like homelessness … Continue reading

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Two Umatilla County programs, REACH and EASA, work to prevent youth mental illness or catch it early

East Oregonian, October 14, 2016 What if you could improve mental health in our nation while saving millions of dollars? This seemingly improbable scenario might be entirely possible. The key, say believers, is starting early with children — diagnosing and … Continue reading

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DOJ assessment of City’s compliance with settlement agreement shows progress, problems

Oct. 19, 2016 The U.S. Department of Justice yesterday filed a point-by-point assessment of the extent to which the City of Portland and its police bureau have satisfied the requirements of the agreement that settled DOJ’s lawsuit against the City. … Continue reading

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Islamic woman files discrimination suit against former employer, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

The Oregonian, Oct. 10, 2016 UPDATE: This story has been updated with new information — including from the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, which found that former employee Sharmin Rahman hadn’t proven discrimination. A woman of Islamic faith who … Continue reading

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Beyond the Cuckoo’s Nest

How Portland and Oregon Have Historically Dealt with Mental Illness—and What It Means for Us Today The Portland Mercury, Oct. 5, 2016 One of the oldest mental hospitals in the US is the still-standing Friends Hospital in Philadelphia. Founded in … Continue reading

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