Tag Archives: Mental Health

Foster Care Bills | PPB Cadets | Mental Health Response – OPB’s Think Out Loud

Lawmakers in Salem are working on several fronts to fix problems with Oregon’s foster care system. Over the last year, we’ve looked at problems with and possible solutions for the system. Applications at police departments nationwide have decreased in recent years. The Cadets program at the Portland Police Bureau aims to teach students more about […]
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Mental health problems rising among youths

Over the past decade or so, rates of depression, psychological distress and suicidal thoughts and actions have risen dramatically among people 26 and younger, with some of the highest increases among women and people at higher income levels, according to a new study of a broad swath of young Americans. The report, published Thursday in […]
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Bill aims to balance teen authority and parental say in mental health

A bill in Washington state would give parents more rights — while trying to still give teens authority over their own mental health care. More than three decades ago, lawmakers in Washington state set the age of consent for mental health care at 13 to make it possible for teenagers to seek treatment without needing […]
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Samaritan cuts mental health beds

Samaritan Health Services has reduced patient capacity and staffing at its regional inpatient mental health unit in Corvallis as it gears up to offer intensive outpatient care under a new program called partial hospitalization. Officials with the regional hospital operator say the new arrangement will help it do a better job of serving the wide […]
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Blumenauer-backed bill aims to fight increased youth depression, suicide rate

The nonprofit group Mental Health America places Oregon near the bottom on lists of states ranked by the prevalence of mental illness and access to care. Overall, it ranks Oregon No. 49 compared to other states and the District of Columbia. When it comes to youth, Oregon ranks No. 44. U. S. Rep. EarlBlumenauer, D-Oregon, […]
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Teenagers Say Depression and Anxiety Are Major Issues Among Their Peers

Most American teenagers — across demographic groups — see depression and anxiety as major problems among their peers, a new survey by the Pew Research Center found. The survey found that 70 percent of teenagers saw mental health as a big issue.

911 operators, dispatchers receive crisis intervention, mental health training

For the first time, many 911 operators in Oregon are getting training on how to better deal with someone experiencing a mental health crisis. It’s a type of training law enforcement officers and other first responders have received for years. Source: 911 operators, dispatchers receive crisis intervention, mental health training

‘Everyone deserves help:’ Teens tell Wyden, Meieran of need for mental health support

Annabelle Sukin is used to listening. The David Douglas High School junior volunteers at Lines for Life, where she works for the organization’s youth crisis hotline, YouthLine. But on Friday, Sukin was doing the talking as U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran met with her and a handful of volunteers […]
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Bills before lawmakers would curb arbitration, require psychological screening, mental health programs for police

State Sen. Lew Frederick this week presented a package of bills to the Senate Judiciary Committee that would require all police agencies to do psychological screening of new hires and offer mental health wellness programs for officers on the job. A third bill that was the most controversial would set restrictions on arbitration decisions. Source: […]
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 Mental Health & Law Enforcement  – OPB’s Think Out Loud

We’ll hear how Marion County public health and law enforcement officials are working together to try to prevent people with mental health problems from ending up in jail. Ann-Marie Banfield is the program manager for acute and forensic behavioral health for Marion County and Troy Clausen is the county’s undersheriff. They will join us after […]
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