From the Portland Mercury, June 25 2009 Multnomah County will vote next week on whether to settle its portion of the James Chasse lawsuit for $925,000. As far as the Mercury can tell, that’s a record high settlement in Portland for an excessive force/death in custody suit: The city paid $600,000 to the family of […]
Statement from Multnomah County Director of Human Services Joanne Fuller on the Chasse settlement Today Ted Wheeler, Chair of the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners released the attached statement regarding the settlement of the lawsuit that arose from the death of James Chasse and important improvements in the mental health system. I wanted to share […]
Statement from Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler, June 25 2009 On Thursday July 2nd, the Multnomah County Board will be voting on a settlement in the Jim Chasse case, and considering the next steps in creating the long overdue mental health assessment and treatment center. The Board meeting begins at 9:30, the mental health assessment […]
From the Portland Mercury, June 24 2009 A New Group for People Who Hear Voices Celebrates Mental Illness Diversity An average-looking, middle-aged man stood in the public meeting room of the downtown Multnomah County Library, asking a question. He was having trouble distinguishing “dream from reality,” and he wondered why he should bother to do […]
Ann Kasper interviews Connie Isgro, a pro tem judge for the Multnomah County circuit court’s civil commitment court.
From The Oregonian, June 23 2009 Panhandling – A homeless woman beats Portland’s ordinance to clear sidewalks A Multnomah County judge ruled Monday that Portland’s sidewalk law is unconstitutional because it gives police the power to ticket people for simply sitting on the edge of the sidewalk. Multnomah County Circuit Judge Stephen Bushong noted that […]
Ann Kasper interviews Linda O’Malia an psycholgical medical examiner for the Multnomah County circuit court.
A bill from House representative Mitch Greenlick passed June 20 will have a long and dramatic affect on healthcare in Oregon by deleting the various impaired professional programs and creating a single measurable bureaucracy within the Department of Human Services. “Impaired professional programs” are inside baseball for staff associated with state licensing boards who are […]
Ann Kasper interviews Alex Bassos of the Metropolitan Public Defenders.
Ann Kasper talks with Multnomah County Involuntary Commitment Program supervisor Jean Dentinger.