Unity Center for Behavioral Health tops Community Advisory Council’s March 6 agenda

(Portland, OR) – The Unity Center for Behavioral Health, a proposed dedicated psychiatric Emergency Room, tops the agenda at the Friday, March 6 meeting of Health Share of Oregon’s Community Advisory Council. The meeting, which begins at 12:30 pm, will be held at Health Share’s offices at 2121 SW Broadway, Suite 200 in downtown Portland.

Dr. Tony Melaragno, vice president of behavioral health at Legacy Health, will give an overview and update on the project, which is a partnership of Health Share founding members Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health and Oregon Health & Science University. Slated to open in late 2016, the Unity Center, the first comprehensive behavioral health care center in Oregon, will be located at Legacy's Holladay Park campus in North Portland, following renovations.

Other updates at the March Council meeting include an update from the Ride To Care Transit Advisory Committee on the first 60 days of the non-emergency medical transportation broker, as well as updates on other Health Share activities and news from Janet L. Meyer, CEO of the Coordinated Care Organization.

The meeting is open to the public and Health Share members are encouraged to attend.

Date: Friday, March 6, 2015

Time: Council Meeting12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

          Public comment period:2:00 pm to 2:15 pm

Location: Health Share of Oregon, 2121 SW Broadway, Suite 200, Portland, OR 97201

(Visitor parking available. Bus service to SW 5th and Broadway via Tri-Met #8, #9, #12 and #19, and Green and Yellow MAX Lines to Portland State University, SW 5th and Jackson Station).

Agenda: Posted to the Council’s website one week prior to each meeting

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for persons with disabilities. Those needing accommodations should contact Joe Enlet at [email protected] or (503) 416-4959 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

About the Community Advisory Council

Comprised of Oregon Health Plan members, leaders from community-based organizations and county agencies, the Council plays a dual role. In addition to advising Health Share’s Board of Directors on the strategic direction of the organization, the Council enables consumers to take an active role in improving their own health and that of their family and communities.

About Health Share of Oregon

Serving over 240,000 members in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties, Health Share of Oregon is a unique community-wide partnership created to ensure quality, cost-effective physical, dental and mental health care for Oregon Health Plan members. With a network of over 16,000 providers, including over 900 dentists, Health Share provides an integrated community delivery system with the objective of achieving better care, better health and lower costs for the Medicaid population and for the region.

Health Share is a collaborative of 11 founding partners: Adventist Health, CareOregon, Central City Concern, Clackamas County, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Multnomah County, Oregon Health & Science University, Providence Health & Services, Tuality Health Alliance and Washington County

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