February 12, 2021

Free COVID-19 testing events are coming to several locations in southern Oregon February 18-21 and every two weeks following through August. See flyers for events in:

White City – February 18 Ashland – February 20 Medford – February 20 Rogue River – February 21 Talent – February 21

For more information, see the Jackson County Health & Human Services COVID-19 web page.

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    Multnomah County’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program is hosting several vaccine information events this month to support African-American/Black/African community members:

    February 18: REACHing Us: It’s Not a Game – The 411 on Vaccines Including Flu and COVID: Join us for a community game night and interactive conversation about COVID-19, vaccines and resources for our African-American/Black/African community aged 55+. February 21: REACHing Us: A Faith in Health Virtual Conversation for Our Community February 25: REACHing Us: African Read More
    COVID Vaccine Information for Seniors

    Next week, Oregonians age 80 and above can begin getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Older adults age 65 and above will become eligible to get a vaccine over the following 3 weeks. Here’s information for you to help reduce confusion and frustration as we work together to support Oregon seniors at a time when vaccines remain in critically short supply in the United States and here in Oregon.

    Older adults will have different ways to get vaccine information

    Vaccines are scarce. In Read More

    NAMIWalks Northwest is now online!

    Join us for the Northwest’s largest mental health event, presented by Providence Health & Services, now online! We may be physically distant, but the virtual walk is a great way for us to stay connected. In 2020, we had thousands of participants joins us for a Read More

    Our communities have faced fear, grief and uncertainty throughout 2020. This year, we have a voice in advocating for resources to help our communities thrive. Oregon Food Bank is a resource for Safe + Strong community partners to find help getting food, and now they are sharing a survey to learn how our communities can best help to end hunger for good.

    Please share your voice in the End Hunger Survey so that Read More

    According to a December 3 article in The Skanner, Black Mental Health Oregon is offering free devices and internet services to communities of color and other vulnerable populations to help keep them connected throughout the pandemic. Coordinated by the City of Portland’s Office for Community Technology, the aim of the program is to “help close the digital divide for low-income Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, individuals with disabilities, and seniors.”

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    According to a December 3 article in The Times of Tigard/Tualatin/Sherwood, FEMA is still accepting applications for disaster assistance from those affected by the recent wildfires despite the November 30 application deadline having past. “No one eligible for assistance will be turned away,” a spokesperson for FEMA is quoted as saying. Recovery resources available include:

    Free Crisis Counseling — For help, call the Safe+Strong Helpline at 800-923- 4357 or visit online at Disaster Legal Assistance — Read More

    From: Treatment Advocacy Center Research Weekly

    Risk of severe illness from COVID-19 among people with serious mental illness  As the Treatment Advocacy Center wrote in a blog in March when the coronavirus pandemic was first sweeping across the United States, people with serious mental illness may be more at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 due to their high prevalence of comorbid chronic medical conditions. Eight months later and now that we know more about COVID-19 and its Read More

    One more reason to stay vigilant about COVID-19 safety practices–a study conducted by researchers in the UK have found that people with pre-existing mental health conditions are 65% more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than the general population. Read about the study in Forbes:

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    Our communities are under a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety. Covid-19, economic uncertainty, wildfires, current events — it can seem like the world is spiraling. You, your child, or a loved one may be experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, or coping with emotional impacts that are causing some level of disruption to daily living.

    Sometimes we can cope on our own. But sometimes, we benefit from recognizing what’s happening to ourselves or our loved ones and reaching out for Read More

    Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by wildfires this year. A new website,, has many resources available, including:

    How to apply for federal disaster relief assistance, even if you sustained uninsured losses How to receive your ballot to vote if you have been displaced by wildfires If you need to replace prescriptions and medical equipment lost due to fire damage, and have the Oregon Health Plan (OHP), you can contact your coordinated care organization at 800-273-0557 Read More
    Covid-19: Vigilance Is the Key

    We are six months into a pandemic that has no end in sight yet. Fatigue definitely has set in. As individuals and families living with mental health disorders, our plate is often full. And it’s hard to stay up to date.

    With cold weather months and flu season coming soon, NAMI Oregon is embarking on a short public education campaign about Covid-19. Continued vigilance is key to keeping ourselves and our communities safe. The simple things that we tend to overlook Read More

    NAMI Oregon is committed to providing support and resources during these unprecedented times. You need not be alone if you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health disorder. Here is a roundup of what is currently available:

    Helpline: Our Resource Helpline remains available Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, to help connect callers with needed mental health resources in their local communities across the state. Call us at 503-230-8009 or toll-free at 800-343-6264 for help finding Read More

    Just because we are apart doesn’t mean you have to go without vital support. NAMI Oregon has some 30+ online support groups for individuals and families living with mental illness.

    We have groups for:

    Adults living with mental illness. Family members and friends with a loved one living with mental illness. Parents/caregivers raising children and teenagers with mental health or behavior issues.

    You can join our peer-led support groups using a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet, a laptop or desktop Read More

    NAMI Oregon is committed to providing live responses to phone and email Helpline queries during our state’s crisis response to the coronavirus. We will be answering calls and emails on weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm.

    Please feel free to call us at 503-230-8009, or toll free at 800-343-6264. You can email us at: We will do our best to help callers navigate local resources given current circumstances.

    (If you do not get through to a live person, please Read More

    NAMI Releases New Crisis Guide


    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

    NAMI Outreach & Operations Coordinator Full Time, Hourly Position Weekend and evening hours occasionally required; some travel required. Location: Portland, OR

    To apply: Please send a letter/email summarizing your interest and qualifications and a chronological resume to: No phone calls, please. Review of submissions will commence on Feb. 8 and be ongoing. You will hear from us about next steps if we determine your application appears to match what we’re looking for.

    What the Position Is: This is a new Read More

    January 11, 2021 By Nigel Jaquiss Willamette Week

    A new report by the federally funded watchdog group Disability Rights Oregon finds that five years after a damning examination of conditions for Oregon State Penitentiary inmates experiencing severe mental illness, conditions have improved.

    DRO found that inmates in the behavioral health unit, who number about 50, got better treatment from more highly trained staff, including a psychiatrist; experienced less abuse from corrections officers; spent less time in the unit; were more Read More

    Jan 11, 2021 By Sage Van Wing OPB

    Oregon City police now have the option of calling a behavioral health specialist when they encounter someone experiencing a mental-health crisis. Valentina Muggia started the job a few weeks ago, but she’s spent the last five years working with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office in a similar position. We’ll talk to Muggia about what her job entails.

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