On February 6 Oregon's behavioral healthcare system received a boost from the floor of the Legislature when one of its longest serving members called for a large increase in funding for mental health programs. Cascadia and its partners around the state have struggled for years to maintain the most basic of services for thousands of [...]
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The Oregonian, February 1, 2013 - Cogen expects the county, using contract trainers, to begin offering intensive, two-day seminars later this summer to "front-line responders" such as county workers, non-profit agency employees, teachers and even Portland police officers. "We're basically talking about anyone who is in a role to have direct contact with potentially vulnerable [...]
A front page article in the Clackamas Review, Beating the odds on addiction, recently profiled the many issues problem gamblers face and how they get help from Cascadia's Clackamas Clinic. Read the article
As part of its 2013 Performance Management Institute, OPEN MINDS has chosen Derald Walker to be a panelist that brings in his expertise with managing the massive changes in Oregon behavioral healthcare. The panel is titled Managing Risk-Based & Performance-Based Contracts: How To Succeed In Moving Beyond Fee-For-Service. OPEN MINDS executive education events have become the ‘go [...]
During Cascadia’s annual December Board meeting, held on December 13, 2012, we thanked outgoing Directors of the Board for their service, bid them farewell, and welcomed new members. Outgoing members include Commander Donna Henderson of the Portland Police Department, who served over the past few years. Matt Cohen and Gregg Lowe concluded their service in [...]
Cascadia friends, you have through Monday, December 31 to give your gift to Cascadia in 2012 while receiving excellent benefits in return. The Willamette Week offers a slew of excellent incentives for donating through the Give!Guide including: • A gift as small as $10 nets a free cup of French Roast at Stumptown, a free [...]
By Maggie Bennington-Davis, Chief Medical & Operations Officer The shooting in Connecticut is horrible, and is likely affecting all of us in varying ways. Many of us are also much affected by the shooting at the Clackamas mall – both in our own lives and those of our clients. These experiences are inherently complex and [...]
Every year the Willamette Week encourages donations to Portland area organizations through the Give!Guide, and this year Cascadia is honored to be one of 110 non-profits working to raise collective Give!Guide donations of $1.7 million. Being chosen to be participate demonstrates broad community support for the work we do in helping people recover from mental [...]
People with serious mental illness are dying too soon -- and Portland nonprofit groups Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare and Outside In are teaming up to do something about it. Bringing medical care to the mentally ill and using peer wellness specialists are among the methods Cascadia and Outside In will employ in a pilot program, Oregon [...]
Derald Walker, Casacadia CEO was asked his opinion during an OPB broadcast on how the mental health community feels about the report: "Derald Walker of Cascadia Behavioral Health says he hopes this will wind up helping the mentally ill. Derald Walker:'I think sometimes unfortunately what has to happen in these situations is that the Department [...]