Tag Archives: Multnomah County

Mayor Charlie Hales wants to cut city dollars for mental health crisis center

By Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian, May 4, 2013 Carol Slaney woke up Jan. 31 to find her 26-year-old son dead beside her bed from an accidental drug overdose. She grabbed a .45-caliber revolver and disappeared, hiding in an abandoned house … Continue reading

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Jeff Cogen slams mayor’s “short-sighted” budget cuts to mental health crisis center

Mayor Charlie Hales stunned Multnomah County officials Tuesday when he announced that the city would no longer pay its share of a 16-bed secure mental health treatment center that opened two years ago after the death of James P. Chasse … Continue reading

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Portland Police Bureau picks about 50 officers for specialized unit handling mental health crisis calls

By Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian, April 9, 2013 Portland police have selected about 50 officers who volunteered to be part of a new specialized unit to respond to mental health crisis calls. The new unit is one of the initiatives … Continue reading

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Community Court at Bud Clark Commons a good fit for low-level crimes – when defendants show up, that is

By Peter Korn, Portland Tribune, March 28, 2013 Ten months ago Multnomah County opened the nation’s first court set in a homeless facility. Nobody showed up. In what court authorities around the country labeled a potential breakthrough experiment, Multnomah County’s … Continue reading

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Sex offender treatment clinic lands an office after two-month search

By Steve Beaven, The Oregonian, March 30, 2013 A clinic that treats Portland-area sex offenders quietly moved into a nondescript office complex on Southeast Stark Street on March 1, two months after angry parents forced the clinic out of the … Continue reading

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Narcan could help keep some addicts alive long enough to recover, but Oregon restrictions keep it scarce

By Erin Fenner, Willamette Week, March 6, 2013 Dr. Gary Oxman spent his career trying to save people who don’t care whether they live or die. Oxman—who just retired as health officer for Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties—has long wanted … Continue reading

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Multnomah County Has a Special Crisis Hotline for Cops. The Cops Rarely Call It

From The Portland Mercury, January 18, 2013 Here’s something you probably didn’t know—something that’s never really been mentioned all that much in any recent discussion of policing and mental health services and federal reform in Multnomah County. Multnomah County’s Mental … Continue reading

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Mike Reese might have been mayor; for now he’d rather be the face of police reform

By Denis Theriault, The Portland Mercury, Jan. 16, 2013 The thought was hard to escape. If life had gone just a little bit differently—if the feds had waited to crack down on Portland cops for years of rough treatment of … Continue reading

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