Tag Archives: Mental Illness

State wants more money to help defendants with mental illness

Reforms to Oregon’s system for dealing with people unfit to stand trial aren’t working as planned, with judges challenged to find local treatment options for those they used to send Source: State wants more money to help defendants with mental illness | News | dailyastorian.com

Decriminalizing Mental Illness

Deschutes County is set to open a stabilization center this spring. With a 17-fold increase in mental health calls over the past decade, it’s a welcome addition. Calls to the Bend Police Department involving people who were “allegedly mentally ill” increased by 172% from 2010 to 2017. People affected by mental illness end up in […]
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Multnomah mental health system at risk, audit says

As Portlanders call out for better care for people facing homelessness, including those struggling with mental illness, a new audit has found that even with its funding shortages, Multnomah County could be doing more to connect mentally ill people with needed services. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Multnomah mental health system at risk, audit says

Mental Illness Treatment Is Limited And Faces Imminent Risks 

Multnomah County’s ability to help people with mental illnesses is limited and faces imminent risks, according to a new audit. Source: Mental Illness Treatment Is Limited And Faces Imminent Risks . News | OPB

Services, cost argue for a new jail

A three-part series of stories last week delved into the issues of drug addiction and mental health treatment in the county jail and whether a new jail would help address those needs. The answer is yes to both. The third installment in the series looked at the cost to the community of early releases and […]
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown creates council to address severe mental illness

A committee formed by Gov. Kate Brown is tackling the state’s behavioral health care system with the goal of improving access to services. Source: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown creates council to address severe mental illness

Crisis team model could help here

An innovative crisis intervention team is taking some of the pressure off police in the Eugene area by responding to calls that don’t involve threats to life, violence or serious crime. In the process, the teams of medics and mental health counselors can connect people to the services they need without sending them to jail […]
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Crisis team may get Southern Oregon version 

When neighbors called about an elderly woman prowler at an apartment complex, police weren’t called to the scene. Instead, a crisis team made up of a medic and a mental health counselor arrived in their van. They found her in her apartment, eating dog food and throwing plates. Source: Crisis team may get Southern Oregon […]
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Advocates seek long-term state plan to treat defendants with mental illness

State officials say they’re now sending criminal defendants to the Oregon State Hospital within seven days of a court’s finding that they can’t assist in their own defense – a timeline that routinely went unheeded before advocates sued. But a lawyer for Disability Rights Oregon, one of the plaintiffs, urged a federal judge this week […]
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Parents face dilemma helping adult children who refuse treatment

Feeling hopeless, they watch their adult son languish with delusional and suicidal thoughts. They live in constant chaos and fear, never knowing whether he’ll harm himself or someone else. Source: Parents face dilemma helping adult children who refuse treatment