Greenlick Wants State, CCOs, NAMI to Strike Deal on Psychiatric Meds

Psychiatric medications are carved out of the purview of the CCOs, limiting their ability to fully integrate mental healthcare. The organizations have tried repeatedly to remove this restriction, and this year the state will require them to allow any patient to stay on their preferred medication.

Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, has asked the Oregon Health Authority to negotiate with representatives from the National Alliance on Mental Illness if the state agency wishes to give more power to coordinated care organizations to manage psychiatric drugs.

NAMI Northwest Walk, Oregon’s largest Mental Health Event, at Eastbank Esplanade Sunday

Approximately 4,000 people will show their support for mental health care. Dave Dahl, Co-Founder of Dave’s Killer Bread, City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, and Portland Police Chief Larry O’Dea will attend.

WHEN: Sunday, May 17, 2015; Check-in: 12 pm; Start Time: 1 pm
WHERE: Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade, SE Main at SE Water, Portland, OR


Portland Police Lieutenant Outlines New Response to Mental Health Crises

Faced with a directive from the U.S. Department of Justice to quell violent encounters between police and people with mental illness, the Portland Police Bureau has begun a behavioral health unit. The director of NAMI commends the force for trying, but an underfunded poorly coordinated mental health system continues to plague Oregon, putting police officers in an unnatural role.

Portland Police Lt. Cliff Bacigalupi was a seasoned street cop when his police chief asked him to head up a new unit designed to address an unintended but growing part of the police force’s scope of practice -- performing triage on the high number of people with mental illness in Portland who are not receiving appropriate care and end up the source of 911 calls.

Ribbon-Cutting and Remembering: Wilsonville’s Villebois Community Integrates Housing for Mentally Ill

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Advocates gather to celebrate a hard-won victory and celebrate new supported housing near the site of the former mental institution.


Twenty-three years after the closing of Oregon’s Dammasch State Hospital, 100 hundred or so people gathered to celebrate the creation of new housing for the mentally ill in a housing development located at the site of the former mental institution.

Sen. Gordon and Sharon Smith Honor Sen. Avel Gordly and Judy Cushing with Award

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September 21, 2012 – Sen. Gordon and Sharon Smith will present former Oregon State Sen. Avel Gordly and Lines for Life CEO Judy Cushing with the Gordon and Sharon Smith New Freedom Award at a dinner to be held at the Portland Downtown Waterfront Marriott on October 9.

“NAMI Oregon is proud to honor these two individuals who have made such an impact in mental health advocacy and suicide prevention,” said Chris Bouneff, executive director of NAMI Oregon. “They are very deserving of the Gordon and Sharon Smith New Freedom Award.”

Advocates Upset Over Regence's Decision to Eliminate Mental Health

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Regence's decision is bad news for Oregonians, according to Laura Etherton of OSPIRG

April 25, 2012 – Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon's decision to slash mental health benefits and impose a much higher deductible for medical care and prescription coverage has consumer advocates upset. About 30,000 Oregonians who have individual policies will feel the impact starting October 1. 

Mental Health Drugs To Come Under Review by Central Oregon Health Council

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These drugs will continue to be reimbursed by the Oregon Health Authority’s Department of Medical Assistance Programs but provide local officials with more information on the effectiveness of the medications

March 1, 2012—By July, the Oregon Health Authority is expected to begin providing real-time data to the Central Oregon Health Council, which coordinates the care of Oregon Health Plan patients in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties, on the mental health drugs used by people living in that area.

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