Officials grapple to balance rights, safety of mentally ill

January 3, 2018

December 22, 2017 | MOLLY HARBARGER – The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Winter can be lethal to people without shelter. Last year in Portland, the combination of homelessness, freezing temperatures and mental illness took four lives. As temperatures drop and the wind chill sharpens, debates are reigniting over how best to balance the civil more »

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When helping the mentally ill, solutions start at home

December 1, 2017

November 15, 2017 | By Vickie Aldous Donald Richardson Jr. was trying to fall asleep when he saw a disembodied eyeball. “Picture a bloodshot eyeball with thousands of fingers swarming and picking at it,” he says. “I got up and went out and had a cigarette and tried not to panic. I knew it wasn’t more »

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Stigmatizing Media Portrayals: What Can We Do?

November 3, 2017

October 23, 2017 | By Emma Frankham The media often reports on individuals with mental illness. However, little is known about how accurately the media portrays these individuals. Are journalists getting mental illness “right?” It seems the answer is no. I analyzed news reports about individuals with mental illness who were killed by police during 2015 and 2016 and more »

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Mental Health On Capitol Hill Update

This summer, with the help of your advocacy, we defeated Congress’ efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. And just a few weeks ago, we fought back again against the dangerous Graham-Cassidy health reform bill. Now, the White House has announced plans that would make significant changes to mental health coverage. Meanwhile, congressional more »

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Homeless clients need help to get help from disability benefits

November 1, 2017

October 30, 2017 | By Samantha Swindler Of the 4,000 people living on the streets in Multnomah County, more than half have serious mental illness and more than a third have physical disabilities. You’d think many of these people could qualify for disability income help from the government. The short answer is they probably could. more »

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