January 10, 2018

By Chris Bouneff, executive director | Jan. 9, 2017

On Jan. 23, Oregonians will decide the fate of Ballot Measure 101 in a special election that will have a huge impact on individuals and families living with mental illness.

NAMI Oregon formally endorses Ballot Measure 101 and urges its members and allies to vote “Yes” to preserve Medicaid expansion in Oregon.

It is rare that NAMI Oregon takes a position on ballot measures. However, with the future of Medicaid expansion at stake in Read More

    December 30, 2017 | Molly Harbarger-The Oregonian/OregonLive

    In Oregon, the kids are increasingly not all right. A report from the Oregon Health Authority shows that middle and high school-aged children feel they struggle more with mental illness and cope less well with the stress of their lives than was the case as recently as two years ago.

    Compared with 2015 and particularly 2013, more eighth and 11th– graders reported they have unmet mental health needs on the biennial Oregon Healthy Teens Survey. Read More

    Mental Health Deserves Equal Treatment

    November 11, 2017 |

    The data is in: the inequities for people seeking mental health care are real.

    On November 30, NAMI released its third nationwide parity report, The Doctor is Out. The report found that, despite the federal parity law, people lack the same access to mental health providers as they have for other medical providers.

    “Treatment is very expensive, mostly out-of-network, and at least in the area we are in, there is a shortage of psychiatrists.” Cami

    More than Read More

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