The Unity Center is a psychiatric emergency room operated by Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon. It has several local hospital partners, including Kaiser, Adventist, and OHSU – which all closed their psychiatric units when Unity opened in the Spring of 2017. In the opening / closings there was a small net loss in hospital beds for people with acute mental illness in the area.
Providence Hospital and Cedar Hills Hospital provide care for people with acute mental illness and both accept Medicaid.
LISTEN – Assault Reports Spark Concerns About Portland Mental Health Facility – OPB.org, April 4, 2018
Assault reports spark concerns about mental health facility – Portland Tribune, April 3, 2018
Some say ‘outpatient’ model at mental health facility isn’t safe, endangering both staff and patients.
Unity Center for Behavioral Health in Portland fined by OSHA – KPTV.com, March 20, 2018
State fines Unity mental health $1,650 after workers suffer hundreds of assaults, Oregonian, March 20, 2018
State workplace regulators have fined the Unity Center for Behavioral Health $1,650 for failing to take steps to prevent future assaults on employees by patients struggling with mental illness.
Oregon fines mental health hospital $1.6k for failing to protect workers from patient assaults, Becker’s Hospital Review, March 19, 2018
During an investigation of the mental health facility, which was launched after numerous employees reported being assaulted by patients, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division found Unity violated four safety rules and regulations. In particular, the behavioral health center failed to properly log, document and investigate the roughly 300 assaults on staff members by patients.
In addition, OSHA documented an ‘uneasy culture’ at the behavioral health center in the investigation. During interviews, some employees said they didn’t report minor assaults, like a punch to the face, because they feared they would be viewed negatively by the administration. Other employees told OSHA no safety measures were implemented after reports of assaults, according to Oregon Live.
Two Unity mental health nurses say violent patients choked staff, broke bones
Oregonian, February 13, 2018
Two former nurses at the new Unity Center, touted as the city’s more humane alternative for people in mental health crisis, have filed a pair of $1 million lawsuits, claiming they were fired from their jobs after complaining about their safety.
Registered nurses John Stough and Cindy Olivares say in the suits that the Unity Center for Behavioral Health in Northeast Portland doesn’t have enough security guards to deal with patients who lash out.
A Multidisciplinary Model for Emergency Psychiatric Care
Oregon health systems team up to integrate care for behavioral health patients
Hospital & Health Networks – November 2017
Cops Insist On Bringing Guns into Portland’s New Mental Health Hospital
Portland Mercury, May 24, 2017
Some See That As Cause for Concern in a City That’s Seen Past Tragedy
READ – Oregon State Hospital policy on weapons on campus (PDF)
Portland Mercury, May 10, 2017
A Brand New Mental Health Center Aims to Revolutionize Care in Portland. It Faces Dizzying Challenges.
Medical leaders at Unity Center announced
Press Release from OHSU – April 15, 2016
Cindy Scherba termination announcement 1 2017, about January 26, 2017
Fundraising – 2014
Listen to the show:
Fundraising – 2016
Job Announcements – 2015
Job Announcements – 2016
[Undated]: Announcement that Unity is actively recruiting for the position of Director Unity Services (#16-0257).To apply, go to http://www.legacyhealth.org/careers and specify job #16-0257. For additional information, contact Debbie Schoenheinz, Senior Recruitment Consultant, at 503-415-5718. AA/EOE/Disabilities/Veterans
[Undated]: Announcement that Unity is actively recruiting for the position of Unity Director of Patient Care Services (#15-3674). For more information on this position, please contact Debbie Schoenheinz at 503-415-5718. AA/EOE/Disabilities/Veterans
Public Presentations – 2015
Public Presentations – 2016
Newsletter – 2016
Oct. 30, 2015: PowerPoint presentation by Oregon Health Authority, Office of Health Analytics, re Hospital Performance Metrics Advisory Committee/Metrics and Scoring Committee Joint Behavioral Health Learning Session (PDF, 94 pages)
Crisis Walk In Center Work Group – Scope of Work, Mental Health Association of Portland, April 2013
Unity Community Engagement flyer, PPT, February 2016
Legacy Behavioral Health ProjectMeeting with Advocates – Meeting Minutes, January 2015
Unity Transitions of Care – Sub-groups, member roster – April 25, 2016
Advisory Committee – 2016
Advisory Meeting for Unity Center Agenda, April 2015
Advisory meeting for Unity Center contact list for patient advocates, no date
Unity Advisory Council Meeting Minutes, April 27, 2016
Transport Committee – 2016