Hazardous conditions, inadequate patient oversight and negligence at the Unity Center for Behavioral Health enabled the suicide of at least one patient, an inspection report found.
Unity Center for Behavioral Health
Multnomah County suspended two managers after an internal investigation raised concerns about how it handled complaints about abuse and neglect at the Unity Center for Behavioral Health in Northeast Portland.
Greg Monaco worked with people experiencing psychotic episodes as a pre-commitment investigator for 30 years.
But when the Unity Center for Behavioral Health opened in Northeast Portland in February 2017, Monaco was shocked by the fear among staff and state of the patients.
Portland hospitals have stepped up to treat patients experiencing mental health crises amid the decision by the area's only psychiatric emergency hospital to turn most patients away.
The Unity Center for Behavioral Health, Portland's relatively new emergency center for psychiatric patients, is turning away patients.