Upcoming Events

Upcoming County budget hearings

The public is invited to provide feedback and comments on the Multnomah County budget at these upcoming budget hearings:

Tuesday, May 5 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
North Portland Library, Second Floor Meeting Room, 512 North Killingsworth Street, Portland

Wednesday, May 13 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Multnomah County East Building, Sharron Kelley Rooms, 600 NE 8th Street, Gresham

Monday, May 18 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
(IRCO) Gymnasium, 10301 NE Glisan, Portland
Hosted by Coalition of Communities of Color at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization

Tuesday, May 26 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Multnomah Building, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Commissioners Boardroom


Amplify Your Voice!

Mental Health Consumers/Psychiatric Survivors’ Day at the Capitol, Thursday, May 7

Ever wonder how to make your voice heard?
Come enjoy an afternoon with your peers, learn how to make an impact on state policy, and drop in to say “hello” to your local legislators.

12:00 p.m. Mental Health Caucus, Rep. Ron Maurer, Chair, Room 343

Peer-run organizations and the Oregon Consumer/Survivor Coalition

1:30 p.m. Introduction (Rebecca Eichhorn, President, OCSC), Room 350

Legislative advocacy training

“Behind the Scenes”: research and strategy, identify and build effective alliances (Rollin Shelton, Mental Health America of Oregon)

“Testifying 101”: track legislation and testify before committee (Meghan Caughey, Benton County Peer Wellness Coordinator)

“Statewide Outreach & Building Relationships with Your Legislators”: targeted communication and statewide outreach (David Oaks, MindFreedom International)

“Changing the Budget”: working with the Addictions and Mental Health Division (Jane-Ellen Weidanz, AMH)

3:00 p.m. Call ahead to schedule a meeting or just drop by your local legislators’ offices to introduce yourself and let them know you care about Oregon’s public mental health system

Please RSVP by May 5, 2009 to Jessica van Diepen, e-mail: jvandiepen@aocweb.org, or phone: 503-399-7201.

Light refreshments will be provided in the afternoon.