Tag Archives: Peter Davidson

Redesigning Multnomah County’s Mental Health System

In 1999, in the wake of the shuttering of Garlington Center, several public deaths of people with mental illness, and a distressing countywide site review by the state mental health division, a wide-open, concerted, public conversation about Portland’s mental health … Continue reading

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New approaches lower mental health expenses

From The Portland Business Journal, June 6, 2004 Four years ago, Multnomah County’s mental health care system, like so many of its patients, was in crisis. People struggling with severe but manageable mental illnesses were unnecessarily hospitalized at great expense. … Continue reading

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Give county credit that is due

By Robert Landauer – editorial columnist for The Oregonian, December 14, 2003. Not available elsewhere online. The Multnomah County crisis line (503-988-4888) dispatched the county’s mobile crisis unit, Project Respond of Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, to one of about 150 calls … Continue reading

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Diminished care, diminishing returns

From the Oregonian, July 27, 2003 Cutting mental health services to patients such as Douglas Bean has cost Oregon more money than it is saving Douglas Bean was a quiet success story for the psychiatrists and others who struggled to … Continue reading

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County may stop mental treatments

From The Oregonian – February 22, 2003, no longer online Multnomah County notified the Oregon Department of Human Services on Friday that it is terminating its mental health outpatient contract under the Oregon Health Plan because of drastically cut state … Continue reading

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Seeking solutions state and counties study a tiny fraction of deaths of patients in Oregon’s mental health system

From The Oregonian, December 31, 2002 – not available online For more than a decade, Oregon has relied on county mental health agencies to investigate themselves when a mentally ill patient dies under their care. The result: County officials have … Continue reading

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Free to Die

From The Oregonian, December 30, 2002 – not available elsewhere online In the past three decades Oregon has made it much harder to send mentally ill people to institutions against their will. Today, those laws prevent some of the most … Continue reading

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Free to Die Man Falls Through System’s Cracks to His Death

From The Oregonian, December 30, 2002 In the end, all Randy Wike could find to love about life was his 3-year-old son and Ice House beer — he drank a case a day to mute the symptoms of a mental … Continue reading

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