Thanks so much to all of our friends who joined us for our annual conference in Salem Nov. 2! It was great to see NAMI members and allies from around the state. Missed the conference, or want to see another presentation again? We have slides from several of the presentations posted on our 2019 Annual Conference page.Read More
We were thrilled to induct 17 stellar volunteers into the NAMI Hall of Fame at our annual conference in Salem Nov. 2 including Aaron Moore and Kevin Kirby, pictured here, Connection Support Group facilitators for NAMI Washington County.
Each year, NAMI honors volunteer signature program leaders at two levels:
Silver – Taught 10 classes, made 30 presentations, facilitated a group for 2 years, or conducted 10 trainings;
Gold – Taught 20 classes, made 60 presentations, facilitated a group for 5 years, or Read More
Thanks to all who made our 11th annual Gordon & Sharon Smith New Freedom Award, presented by Providence Health & Services, a success! We were thrilled to honor Sen. Ron Wyden with the award, graciously presented by inaugural honorees former U.S. Sen. Gordon and Sharon Smith. Special thanks to our gold sponsors: the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, PhRMA, and Trillium Community Health Plans. To see Read More
NAMI is proud to release “Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: A NAMI Resource Guide for Those Experiencing a Mental Health Emergency.” NAMI developed this guide to support people experiencing mental health crises and their loved ones.
This potentially life-saving guide outlines what can contribute to a crisis, warning signs that a crisis is emerging, strategies to help de-escalate a crisis and resources available for those affected. Also included is information about advocating for a person in crisis along with a sample Read More
Dec 16, 2019 By Christian Wihtol The Lund Report https://www.thelundreport.org/content/behavioral-health-director-workforce-one-my-key-priorities
Gov. Kate Brown has identified behavioral health as an area in which Oregon needs to improve, particularly in serving the 1 million people on Medicaid. She’s formed a task force to look at the issue, and the Oregon Health Authority hired a director of behavioral health services after a months-long search.
Steve Allen, 63, has been Oregon’s behavioral health director since April, overseeing a biennial budget of $36.5 million and a staff Read More
Dec 23, 2019 By Madeline Shannon News Times https://newportnewstimes.com/article/oregon-film-trail-sign-unveiled
DEPOE BAY — A forecast of rain and 60-mile-per-hour winds couldn’t stop the unveiling of the latest Oregon Film Trail sign in Depoe Bay.
City officials, members of the community and at least one state politician came out in the wind and the rain Thursday afternoon, Dec. 19, to witness the unveiling the sign adjacent to Depoe Bay Harbor, which was erected to commemorate Depoe Bay as the site of at least one Read More
Dec. 26, 2019 By Shainna Ali NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/December-2019/6-Ways-You-Can-Help-a-Loved-One-on-Their-Healing-J
Take a moment to consider all the people in your life: your coworkers, friends, family. At any given time, 1 in 5 of these individuals is living with a mental health condition. You may have noticed them struggling, but if you’re not a trained mental health professional, you may not have known how to help.
However, you can help. You can be supportive and encouraging during their mental health journey. Here are a few tips on supporting the mental Read More
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness and their families, today announced the appointment of Daniel H. Gillison, Jr. as Chief Executive Officer effective January 21, 2020.
“On behalf of the NAMI Board of Directors, we welcome Mr. Gillison, the incoming CEO for our organization who, with the mission-driven commitment and dedication of NAMI Read More
Dec 5, 2019 By Christian Wihtol The Lund Report https://www.thelundreport.org/content/oregon-faces-big-hurdle-improving-mental-health-care-staffing
Oregon’s behavioral health and addiction services agencies are operating at a subpar level in part because low pay, high stress and other problems prompt workers to quit the field, leading to acute worker shortages, experts told the Oregon Health Policy Board this week.
The government and private agencies that provide mental health and drug and alcohol abuse counseling and similar assistance are often bedeviled by high burnout and turnover rates, the Read More
December 10, 2019 at 9:15am By Sam Stites – Oregon Capital Bureau Malheur Enterprise https://www.malheurenterprise.com/posts/6460/oregon-short-on-resources-for-local-mental-health-treatment
Reforms to Oregon’s system for dealing with those unfit to stand trial aren’t working as planned, with judges challenged to find local treatment options for those they used to send to the Oregon State Hospital.
As a result, the state hospital has not seen a significant reduction in the number of patients needing hospital-level care. And mental health advocates say legislation passed earlier this year inappropriately Read More