Recently the Portland Police filmed a ride along with the Mobile Crisis Unit (a team within the Behavioral Health Unit). These are police who are trained in safe mental health intervention and each paired with a Cascadia Project Respond team member. This team deescalates situations involving people with mental illnesses and helps assess the next [...]
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Cascadia is excited to be a sponsor in welcoming Oregon's new Addictions and Mental Health Director, Pam Martin, Ph.D. Pam is, at her roots, a community mental health person. New Mexico, where she served mental health systems for most of her career, shares many of the same challenges as Oregon. Dr. Martin, speaks about Oregon's [...]
This past Friday, June 21 Cascadia and its partner OHSU held an open house to launch a new pay-as-you-can medical and mental health walk-in clinic at SE 43rd and Division in Portland. Besides being well-attended the event received some excellent news coverage: Oregon Public Broadcasting Portland Business Journal Lund Report
In addition to the recently launched Oregon Partnership for Health Integration (OPHI) at Cascadia (along with Outside In), we are pleased to announce another integrated healthcare program. This partnership with Oregon Health & Science University's Richmond Clinic is made possible with $1.3 in federal funds, and includes behavioral and physical healthcare at Cascadia's Plaza clinic. A [...]
OPHI, Cascadia’s integrated healthcare program helps consumers manage their mental and physical health needs. Recently, a Royal Palm residential consumer had a major breakthrough due to help from the program. Filling out paperwork may not seem like a great challenge to most of us, but to some of our consumers it’s a huge hurdle to [...]
The students at Open Meadow High School decided in May that they would strive to raise $2000 for Cascadia's newest program, Healing Hurt People, which opens this month. Through the PGE Foundation's Community 101 program they raised a whopping $1895! Community 101 was tasked with securing four agencies to fund, and interviewed well over 15 wonderfully deserving not [...]
Come June, a new program partnership, Healing Hurt People, opens at Emanuel Medical Center. The cool kids at Open Meadow High School are more than halfway to their goal of raising $2000 for the new program that helps males of color who have experienced violent trauma. Please support their efforts and HHP by donating today. Thanks. Here's [...]
Thomas Insel, MD, Director of NIMH makes a very interesting case for the obstacles we create by insisting we use the label "behavioral disorder" instead of calling it what these disabilities really are: brain disorders. "We wait until we see a behavioral problem that represents a symptom and only then do we intervene, when in [...]
From The Oregonian, March 2, 2013 When something as horrific as the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings occurs, human nature tells us to seek rational explanation, to ask why. That question doesn't get us very far. "I don't think anybody is an expert in this kind of thing," said Bonnie Nagel, a neuropsychologist at Oregon Health [...]
Maggie Bennington-Davis, Cascadia's Chief Medical and Operations Officer, was handpicked to represent the viewpoint on solutions mental illness in our community for a Call to Action panel convened by U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall in partnership with the Citizens Crime Commission. The summit took place on February 13 at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. District Courthouse [...]