Tag Archives: Mental Health

Kitzhaber Joins Experts in Pushing for Coordination on Addiction Epidemic 

The former governor joined a drug court judge and others Wednesday morning to discuss Oregon’s poor performance on recovery efforts, and how the state can do better. Former Governor John Kitzhaber joined with proponents of a coordinated statewide look at addiction Wednesday, saying that only big thinking and new approaches will allow Oregon to rise […]
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How The Loss Of U.S. Psychiatric Hospitals Led To A Mental Health Crisis

A severe shortage of inpatient care for people with mental illness is amounting to a public health crisis, as the number of individuals struggling with a range of psychiatric problems continues to rise. The revelation that the gunman in the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church shooting escaped from a psychiatric hospital in 2012 is renewing concerns […]
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Editorial: State must do more to address mental illness

When someone with severe mental illness harms or even kills someone, the natural reaction is to ask what could have been done to prevent the tragedy. When it turns out family members of the perpetrator had tried and failed to have the person committed to a psychiatric hospital, the answer seems obvious.But making it easier […]
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Commitment – Waiting for Tragedy

Jason Coburn was sleeping under a train when it started moving, dragging him down the tracks and injuring his ribs. He later fell from an interstate bridge into a canal, breaking his leg and ankle, and was not found for two days. Surgeons put his bones together with a plate and screws, then told him […]
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State pulls license from Gladstone teen mental health facility at center of FOX 12 investigation

The Oregon Health Authority has suspended the license to treat patients for drug and alcohol abuse of a Gladstone mental health treatment facility for teens and adolescents. The Oregon Health Authority has suspended the license to treat patients for drug and alcohol abuse of a Gladstone mental health treatment facility for teens and adolescents. A FOX […]
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Lawsuit against the state of Oregon highlights the need for more

A local shortage of mental health treatment is at the center of a lawsuit against the state of Oregon. Earlier this year, the Oregon Health Authority, which regulates mental health services, found Willamette Valley Behavioral Health failed to justify the need for a new, 100-bed treatment facility in Wilsonville. Source: Lawsuit against the state of […]
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Homeless clients need help to get help from disability benefits (Column) |

Of the 4,000 people living on the streets in Multnomah County, more than half have serious mental illness and more than a third have physical disabilities. You’d think many of these people could qualify for disability income help from the government. Source: Homeless clients need help to get help from disability benefits (Column) | OregonLive.com

Doctors fear mental health disclosure could jeopardize their licenses

In states whose licensure applications ask sweeping questions about mental illness, physicians are most likely to be reluctant to seek treatment. Medicine is grappling with rising levels of physician burnout, one of the factors driving high rates of depression and suicide in the profession. But physicians who suffer from mood disorders are often reluctant to seek treatment — in […]
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More work is needed to help Oregon’s girls: Guest opinion

This coming Wednesday, Oct. 11, is the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl. And in Oregon, it’s never been more critical and timely to talk about the plight of our girls in our state. I know the world I want to see for my daughters and the girls who Girls Inc. of the Pacific […]
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Immigrant Army Recruit| Mental Health Shelter – OPB’s Think Out Loud

A U.S. Army enlistment program designed to recruit immigrants with specialized skills in exchange for expedited citizenship has been put on hold, leaving many recruits in limbo. In September, hundreds of enlistment contracts under the program were canceled. Multnomah County has been awarded a $2 million grant to help reduce racial disparities in jails. One way they plan on […]
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