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With a new mayor, Portland should kickstart police reforms to help those with mental illness

Published in The Oregonian, January 19, 2017 By Jenny Westberg and Jason Renaud As Portland shifts leadership from Charlie Hales to Ted Wheeler, it’s important to remember one Hales administration failure that continues to threaten the most vulnerable among us. … Continue reading

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Deaths on the streets in Portland – Winter 2016/2017 (updated = 5)

UNKNOWN, infant – born to mother with mental illness Karen Batts, 52 – person with mental illness Zachary Young, 29 – person with mental illness David Guyot, 68 – unknown Mark Johnson, 51 – person with alcoholism A Baby is … Continue reading

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Coos County’s continuing inability to treat people with mental illness – illustrated

Bay Area Hospital turns away man despite hold order The Coos Bay World Dec 6, 2016 COOS BAY — The Bay Area Hospital on Saturday turned away a Coos Bay man as too dangerous to hold despite a hold order … Continue reading

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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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Garlington Health and Wellness Center and Cascadia Affordable Housing

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is planning for a new facility that combines treatment, resources and housing. Ground is scheduled to be broken this summer on 1.5 acres in Northeast Portland. A two-story, 29,000-square-foot center will provide integrated primary care, behavioral health … Continue reading

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