It has been almost twenty years since the Portland Metropolitan Area had a Consumer/Survivor Organization that covered the whole territory. It’s about time! This exciting development happened as a result of conversations on OCSC-Talk. Local Consumer/Survivor activist Ann Kasper, who is the co-Chair of Multnomah County’s Adult Mental Health & Substance Abuse Advisory Council, has been leading this effort for a new Council.
Way back in 1989, Duane Haataja (Editor of the Eyes&Ears Newsletter) created Metro Consumer Network, which recruited its membership from the many Drop-In Centers which existed at that time. Duane served as the first President, and I was his Vice President. Metro Consumer Network lasted a few years, and put out a newsletter, and even had a radio show briefly.
Over all the years since, many of us have thought about how nice it would be to again have a Tri-County Metro Area organization, and now, we get our wish…
If you would like to be a part of this new Council, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Thursday, July 28th 2011, starting at 6p
Where: the offices of Mental Health America of Oregon, 3534 SE Main Street, Portland, Oregon, 97214
The MHAO office is in an orange brick building that says ‘SE Uplift’ on its front. There is a parking lot on the east side of the building, and street parking is also available.