November 19, 2018

NAMI Oregon Executive Director Chris Bouneff and other mental health advocates are interviewed in this story from The Oregonian about how a state program has been denying individuals with severe mental illness higher levels of care. An internal review from the state warned that many could become homeless, and at least three vulnerable patients have been injured after being discharged to lower levels of care.


“People have been harmed, and needlessly so,” said Bouneff.

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    Thanks to all who made our annual conference a success! We were thrilled to have about 120 participants from NAMI affiliates all over the state. Couldn’t join us? Click here to see slides from many of the presentations.

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    This article was produced in partnership with the Malheur Enterprise, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network.

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    A new initiative was created to divert people with mental illness from the criminal justice system in Oregon.

    There’s been more attention given to the fact that a significant percentage of incarcerated Americans suffer from mental illness.

    “The vast majority of the individuals are not violent criminals,” according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). “Once in jail, many individuals don’t receive the treatment they need and end up getting worse, not better.”

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