More and more we’re thinking of Oregon’s “mental health system” not as a system, but as a puzzle. A system by definition requires sensibility, rationality, purposefulness, planfulness, engagement with constituents, a degree of responsiveness to new information. Today, those qualities are missing from the Oregon Health Authority’s “system.” In addition, the set of services are not “broken.” Lots of organizations are doing great work and people are getting well – the majority. Payrolls get met, accounts are received, staffs are hired and fired, contracts are written and completed. From an administrative perspective, the system works.
But for patients, their friends and family members, Oregon’s system is a puzzling puzzle with missing pieces. Some pieces are purposefully cast out, some have faded with overuse, some are upside down, many of the pieces are in a pile, some pieces have never existed.
Do the pieces of the puzzle make a coherent image? No. Are there enough pieces in place to see what the image is? No.
Here are many pieces of the puzzle, collected and distinct, worth keeping in the archive, important to know – various documents we’ve collected over the past year.
Disability Rights Oregon’s A Merry Go Round That Never Stops – Mental Illness in the Multnomah County Detention Center
Progress Report on “A Merry Go Round That Never Stops – Mental Illness in the Multnomah County Detention Center” – May 2018
Oregon Advocacy Center (now Disability Rights Oregon) & Metropolitan Public Defenders v. Bobby Mink, Director of the Oregon Department of Human Services, in his official capacity; and Stanley Mazur-Hart, Superintendent of Oregon State Hospital, in his official capacity, court order from March 2003 by the Ninth Circuit Court (PDF)
Constant Vosu Grand Jury Transcript – May 2019. Portland Police Officer Vosu shot and killed Andre Gladen, a blind man with mental illness.
Samuel Rice Grand Jury Transcript #1 – Spring 2019
Samuel Rice Grand Jury Transcript #2 – Spring 2019
Sam Rice decision -11 2018
Letter from Pat Allen to Sarah Radcliffe of DRO about KEPRO – February 2019
The Shortage of Public Hospital Beds for Mentally Ill Persons, A Report of the Treatment Advocacy Center – 2016
Letter from the Multnomah County District Attorney to the Oregonian 1992. About disclosing public records of police shootings.
Andre Gladen Portland Police Bureau records – 3 8 2019
Jason Petersen – General Judgment, January 2019. A man with schizophrenia, Petersen was shot and killed by Portland business owner Charlie Chan.
The City of Portland selected OIR Group to audit the investigation and internal evaluation processes of the Police Bureau following the death of James Chasse. The City subsequently engaged OIR Group to review more than 20 officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths.
Thirty-Five Years of Working With Civil Commitment Statutes – Joe Bloom, 2014
Recovery Association Project (RAP), Portland, Oregon – at Central City Concern ATQ article – Spring 2010 – Lyon, Armitage, Lyon
Request to Eric Holder – US DOJ, to investigate the Portland Police Bureau from from Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Senate Ron Wyden – February 2010
District Attorney Rod Underhill’s Multnomah County Jail Grand Jury Report for 2018
An open letter to the community from Unity Center for Behavioral Health – September 11, 2018
Second Report by CMS – Medicaid on Unity Center for Behavioral Health – July 2018 (79 pages)
Multnomah County’s abuse investigation of Unity Center for Behavioral Health by Joan Rice, requiring no actions be taken – July 2017
Audit Start Letter – Multnomah County Mental Health and Addiction Services – 7 2018 (as of 6/23/2019 no audit has been created)
Transcript of Status Hearing in US DOJ v City of Portland, April 2018 (266 pages)
Oregon State Hospital Documents