Tag Archives: Mental Illness

Mental illness is a health issue, not a police issue

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Calls mount for Oregon governor to OK psychiatric hospital

  Opinions differ on whether proposed Wilsonville hospital is necessary, would help assist in COVID-19 response. Regional leaders and entities, including Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp and the Wilsonville Chamber of Commerce, believe that the COVID-19 crisis is cause for the State of Oregon to fast track an application to develop a for-profit psychiatric hospital in […]
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Legal changes advance to help Oregon’s mentally ill defendants

Legislation to clarify options and process for judges dealing with those found unfit to stand trial passes Senate, moves to the House for final approval. Source: Legal changes advance to help Oregon’s mentally ill defendants

Improvements to helping Oregon’s mentally ill defendants advancing

Oregon’s judges would have more options to help criminal defendants found unfit to stand trial should legislation approved 26-4 by the Senate earlier this week be passed in the House. Source: Improvements to helping Oregon’s mentally ill defendants advancing

The Journey Back Om

Statistics show that programs such as Deschutes County’s inmate yoga program can reduce the risk of reoffending. Jails and corrections systems throughout the U.S. are referred to as “the new asylums.” A 2018 report conducted by the Oregon Health Authority found that 50% of the state’s prison population had a diagnosable mental illness and was […]
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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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