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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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‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ hospital now mental health museum

October 2, 2017 | By Erin Blakemore Lobotomies. Straitjackets. Shocks and sedation. If those terms come to mind when you think of the mental hospitals of yore, it’s for good reason: At one point or another, they were cutting-edge treatment for people with mental illnesses. At the Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health in more »

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October Policy Update

October 25, 2017

By Chris Bouneff, executive director | Oct. 15, 2017 Thankfully, October is a relatively quiet month in terms of new public policy. Still, the world keeps moving. Here’s what we’re watching this month. * On a state level, all eyes in health care are following the upcoming ballot measure that would undo the state’s new more »

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