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Annual conference a success

November 10, 2019

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.

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NAMI Oregon honors NAMI Hall of Fame inductees

November 6, 2019

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 more »

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Smith Award Dinner a Success

October 17, 2019

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 more »

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NAMI Releases New Crisis Guide

July 1, 2018

  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, more »

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An alternative to police: Mental health team responds to emergencies in Oregon

November 8, 2019

October 23, 2019, 6:48 PM By Omar Villafranca CBS News https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mental-health-team-responds-to-emergencies-oregon-alternative-to-police-2019-10-23/ Eugene, Oregon — When a mental health-related 911 call comes in, a specialized team in Eugene, Oregon, rolls out. “Pretty much everybody we see is for one reason or another is in a state of crisis,” said Manning Walker. Walker is a medic and Laurel more »

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Where others see chaos, he tackles opportunity to reshape mental health care

November 6, 2019 1:o3pm By Sam Sites, Oregon Capital Bureau Malheur Enterprise https://www.malheurenterprise.com/posts/6351/where-others-see-chaos-he-tackles-opportunity-to-reshape-mental-health-care Finding a director to run a key new division of the Oregon Health Authority vexed Pat Allen for months. The agency director worked with hundreds of internal and external stakeholders to search for someone who would bring experience and familiarity with Oregon’s more »

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How Families Can Work Together

Nov. 04, 2019 By Izzy Gonçalves NAMI https://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/November-2019/How-Families-Can-Work-Together Over 15 years, my spouse and I struggled with her severe bipolar I disorder. We went through weeks-long psychiatric hospitalizations, disrupted relationships and stalled personal and professional goals. Eventually, I took grudging ownership of her treatment. We resented each other, and we didn’t work together. I now know more »

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NAMI Applauds HHS For Removing Barriers To Treatment For People With Serious Mental Illness

11/6/2019 NAMI https://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2019/NAMI-Applauds-HHS-for-Removing-Barriers-to-Treatment-for-People-with-Serious-Mental-Illness Today, the federal government announced the approval of the first-of-its-kind Medicaid demonstration project that aims to broaden treatment services available to Medicaid beneficiaries with serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance in the District of Columbia.  

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