The Portland Disability Commission is a segregated and diminished off-shoot of the Office of Equity and Human Rights and adjacent and subordinate to the Portland Human Rights Commission (which appears to have ceased to function). It has under-served people with mental illness and addiction since it’s inception.
No members of the commission are people in recovery from mental illness, alcoholism or addiction. Those disabilities far outweigh all others.
Every year, about 42.5 million American adults (or 18.2 percent of the total adult population in the United States) suffers from some mental illness, enduring conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Approximately 7.2 percent or 17 million adults in the United States ages 18 and older are alcoholic. 19.8 million Americans are addicted to marijuana —about 7.5 percent of people aged 12 or older. The number of cocaine addicts aged 12 or older was 1.5 million. About 595,000 people use methamphetamine. 2.1 million Americans are addicted to prescription opioids, and an estimated 467,000 are addicted to heroin.
New members being recruited by Portland Commission on Disability.
Recruitment is open for four (4) vacancies on the Commission. The application may be submitted either in hard copy or digitally, following the instructions on page 5 of the application.
READ & DOWNLOAD – Portland Commission on Disability application