mental health

Stand Up for Mental Health: No, We Really Want You To Laugh

“No Really, We Want You to Laugh” is a stand-up comedy show performed by people with a mental illness who find the humor in some of their darkest days and hardest experiences. Awesome Portland recognized the power of Stand Up for Mental Health to fight stigma one joke at a time.

Hoyle Bill Allows for Commitments for People at Risk of Serious Harm

A bill brought by House Majority Leader Val Hoyle passed the House Thursday, setting up a method where authorities can commit people to mental institutions, even if they do not pose an immediate threat to themselves or others.

The House voted unanimously to change the civil commitment statute and allow a mentally ill person to be placed in state care even if they are not suicidal or violent -- the two most common reasons for civil commitments.

The Failing Stigma and Treatment of Mental Illness

The author maintains it’s time to rethink and change the laws, rules and regulations of HIPAA.

OPINION -- Unless we are all missing something, it seems that the stigma of being declared mentally ill or mentally incompetent is rapidly turning into a nightmare. The most recent evidence, German wings flight 9525’s copilot’s ravenous and murderous behavior.

House Passes Bill Requiring ERs to Document Forced Seclusion of Mental Patients

HB 2363 puts Oregon Health Authority administrative rules into statute in an effort to minimize the use of non-therapeutic isolation of patients who come to emergency rooms during a mental breakdown but are locked in a room while receiving minimal treatment. Some Republicans objected to micro-managing the administrative process with a new law.

The Oregon House passed a bill Thursday that will require physicians working in hospital emergency rooms and other temporary settings to document every time they order a patient to be isolated because of a mental health crisis.

Community Mental Health Organizations Look to Improve the System

With Oregon’s mental healthcare system under the microscope, several community-based organizations are hoping new approaches to old problems will create changes.

After decades of failing to properly treat the mentally ill, a forced agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to comply with the American Disabilities Act and a scathing series in The Oregonian last month, Oregon’s mental healthcare system is far from making the grade.

Steiner Hayward: Earned Sick Leave a Public Health Challenge

The physician and senator, who represents Beaverton and Northwest Portland, built the case for a statewide earned sick leave law at the Portland City Club’s December forum. Another bill, phasing out older, dirty diesel engines banned in California and Washington may face opposition from counties that are buying up the cheap engines that Oregon’s greener neighbors don’t want.

A pair of leading state Democratic lawmakers shared the stage Friday with the House Republican leader at the Portland City Club and gave a promising preview of what’s to come in the 2015 legislative session: a statewide law that would make Oregon the fourth state to mandate that employers give paid time off for sick employees.

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