Multnomah County Board of Commissioners on Thursday agreed to settle with a whistleblower who repeatedly warned county officials about serious safety problems at Unity Center for Behavioral Health.
Unity Center for Behavioral Health was supposed to answer Portland’s mental health crisis when it opened in 2017, relieving emergency rooms of patients in crisis.
Instead, the center is grappling with what its medical director called a “real state of crisis.”
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About two years ago, Oregon’s only emergency psychiatric hospital faced a closure threat over the abuse, neglect and even death of patients. Now Unity Center Behavioral Health is in deep financial trouble.
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